Influenza (Flu)

Influenza, more commonly referred to as "flu," impacts people of all ages. 

Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection of the nose, throat, and lungs that occurs most often in the late fall, winter, and early spring. It is a serious infection which affects more than 60 million individuals in the US every year.

Common symptoms include a high fever (101ºF-102ºF) that begins suddenly, muscle/body aches, chills, tiredness, and sudden onset. Influenza frequently causes people to miss school and work but in some cases there are severe complications such as pneumonia. In the United States annually, more than 200,000 individuals are hospitalized and between 3,000-49,000 die from influenza-related complications.

The best way to protect against influenza is to receive an influenza vaccination every year. CDC recommends that everyone six months of age and older receive an annual vaccination. The best time to get vaccinated is in the early fall, as soon as the vaccine is available. However, vaccination in December or even later is still beneficial because the virus that causes influenza circulates past the new year. The number of influenza cases usually peaks around February, but this peak can come earlier or later (ranging from December to May).

NFID is committed to increasing public awareness of the importance of annual influenza vaccination. 

Learn more about influenza and the vaccines to prevent it in pregnant women and newborns on family-vaccines.org, children at preventchildhoodinfluenza.org, adolescents at adolescentvaccination.org, and adults at adultvaccination.org.

Resources

2013 National Survey: Many Understand Importance of Annual Flu Vaccination, But Misperceptions Hinder Flu Prevention & Treatment Efforts

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and FluFACTS.com

Adolescent Vaccination Recommendation: Influenza

adolescentvaccination.org

Are You a Flu Fighter? Coloring Book

Are You a Flu Fighter? Coloring Book (Spanish Version)

Are You That Guy?

Public service announcement (:30 animated video) developed to create awareness about influenza prevention

Flu View

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Flu activity and surveillance site providing weekly influenza surveillance in the US

"Take 3" Actions to Flight the Flu

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Don't Be "That Guy": Remember Flu Etiquette

Partnership between NFID and Emily Post Institute educating the public about spreading manners, not flu

Don't Catch the Flu

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): NFL player Matt Birk of the Baltimore Ravens explains why he got vaccinated against the flu

Fact Sheet on Common Misperceptions of Influenza

#FightFlu Memes

Share these memes on the importance of getting an annual flu vaccine

Flu PSA - audio (2012)

NFID public service announcement (:30 mp3) about influenza prevention

Flu (Influenza) and the Vaccine to Prevent It

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Information for parents

Freddie the Flu Detective

Animated public service announcement (:31 animated video) featuring "Freddie the Flu Detective" aimed at educating individuals on how to detect, prevent, and treat the flu

Google.org Flu Trends

Google.org: Explore flu trends around the World

Gripe (Influenza) - Informacion para los padres

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Spanish language factsheet for parents

HealthMap Vaccine Finder

Vaccines.gov, Flu.gov, and HHS.gov

Help Reduce the Flu @ Work

NFID checklist to educate employees about flu

Influenza Immunization for Pregnant Women

family-vaccines.org

Increasing Influenza Immunization Rates in Infants and Children

PreventChildhoodInfluenza.org

Influenza also known as flu

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Influenza in Adults

AdultImmunization.org

Facts about Influenza for Adults

AdultImmunization.org

Influenza Statements/Press Releases

Leading by Example: NFID Commitment to Influenza

Medical Office Telephone Evaluation of Patients with Possible Influenza

CDC flowchart to help medical office staff identify when to initiate antiviral treatment

Myths and Facts About Influenza for Consumers

NFID #FightFlu Paddles

NFID Flu Awareness & Treatment Survey (2013)

60-second soundbite featuring NFID Medical Director, Susan J. Rehm, MD, highlighting key takeaways from the National NFID Flu Awareness & Treatment Survey

Prevent Childhood Influenza

preventchildhoodinfluenza.org

Protect Yourself & Your Family from the Flu

Downloadable fact sheet

Protect Yourself, Protect Your Family

CDC Public Service Announcement (30 second video)

Test Your Flu IQ

TFAH Report: Past Low Flu Vaccination Rates and Gaps in Flu Policies Contribute to Vaccine Shortages

Trust for America's Health

The Flu: What to Do If You Get Sick

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Toolkit for Long-Term Care Employers

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Treating Influenza

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Factsheet for at-risk groups including individuals with asthma, diabetes, and heart conditions

Understand the Facts About Influenza

Downloadable fact sheet

What You Should Know for the 2014-2015 Influenza Season

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Who's At Risk: Children & Infants