Schedule: Every person, beginning at age 6 months and continuing throughout their lifetime, should receive annual vaccination against influenza.
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications.
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Flu can also result in serious outcomes such as hospitalization or death. Older adults, young children and people with certain health conditions are at high risk for serious complications from flu. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. This recommendation for annual vaccination means that health care professionals should remain up-to-date with their knowledge of influenza vaccination and practices. This video includes information that health care professionals providing immunization services should know about storage and handling requirements, and administration considerations.
CDC provides information on everything you need to know about the flu illness, including symptoms, treatment and prevention.
- CDC’s Influenza Vaccination Information for Health Care Workers web section
- CDC’s Influenza Toolkit for Long-Term Care Employers
- CDC’s Influenza web section
- CDC Infographics
- CDC Digital Media Toolkit
ACIP flu recommendations
Vaccines.gov provides resources from federal agencies for the general public and their communities about vaccines across the lifespan.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia provides questions and answers about Influenza (flu) from the Vaccine Education Center.
65+ Influenza Defense offers resources that encourage older adults patients to receive their influenza vaccine.