Influenza

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 that affects between 5-20% of the US population annually. Each year, more than 200,000 individuals are hospitalized and 3,000-49,000 deaths occur from influenza-related complications. 

What are the symptoms?
Common symptoms include fever (101ºF-102ºF), muscle/body aches, chills, tiredness, and sudden onset. Other symptoms may include a cough and/or sore throat and a runny or stuffy nose. Influenza frequently causes people to miss school and work but in some cases there are severe complications such as pneumonia.

How can it be prevented?
The best way to prevent influenza is to receive an influenza vaccination every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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 throughout the flu season, even in January or later, is still beneficial. Seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, but most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February.

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.

Featured Resource:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)




Resources

Are You a Flu Fighter? Coloring Book

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)

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

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)

Are You That Guy?

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): 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 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

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): Targeted to healthcare workers

#FightFlu Memes

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

Flu Care in Day Care: The Impact of Vaccination Requirements

NFID report on lessons learned and strategies in program implementation

Flu (Influenza) and the Vaccine to Prevent It

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

Freddie the Flu Detective

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): 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

HealthMap Vaccine Finder

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

Help Reduce the Flu @ Work

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): Checklist to educate employees about flu

Increasing Influenza Immunization Rates in Infants and Children

PreventChildhoodInfluenza.org

Influenza Fact Sheet

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

Influenza Season Assessment and Treatment for Pregnant Women

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG): Algorithm on Assessment and Treatment of Pregnant Women with Influenza-Like Illness

Influenza Statements/Press Releases

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)

Leading by Example

NFID Commitment to Influenza

Medical Office Telephone Evaluation of Patients with Possible Influenza

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Flowchart to help medical office staff identify when to initiate antiviral treatment

Myths and Facts About Influenza for Consumers

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)

NFID #FightFlu Paddles

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): Take a photo of individuals receiving their flu vaccine holding this fun visual

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

NFID Flu Awareness with Major League Soccer/D.C. United @DCUnited @NFIDVaccines #FightFlu

NFID Partners with the Sports Junkies to #FightFlu

NFID Survey: Public Perceptions of Flu

Preteen and Teen Vaccines

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Protect Yourself, Protect Your Family

CDC Public Service Announcement (30 second video)

Test Your Flu IQ

Think you know all there is to know about the flu? Answer ten easy questions, then share your Flu IQ!

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

What You Should Know for the 2015-2016 Influenza Season

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Who's At Risk: Children & Infants

Flu.gov