Influenza

Influenza

Influenza, more commonly referred to as "flu," is a highly contagious viral infection of the nose, throat, and lungs. Influenza 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.

Influenza impacts people of all ages. 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 in adults and the vaccines to prevent it on adultvaccination.org.

Learn about preventing flu in children on preventchildhoodinfluenza.org

Resources

2013-2014 CDC Influenza Vaccine Recommendations

2013 NFID Influenza/Pneumococcal Disease News Conference

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

Adolescent Vaccination Recommendation: Influenza

adolescentvaccination.org

Are You That Guy?

Are You a Flu Fighter? Coloring Book

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

CDC Flu View

CDC flu activity and surveillance site providing weekly influenza surveillance in the US

CDC "Take 3" Actions to Flight the Flu

College Health Surveillance Network

Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) at Student Health Centers

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

Don't Catch the Flu (CDC)

NFL player Matt Birk of the Baltimore Ravens explains why he got vaccinated against the flu.

Fact Sheet on Common Misperceptions of Influenza

Flu (2012) - 30 Seconds

Flu (Influenza) - Information for Parents

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Pediatrics

Freddie the Flu Detective

PSA video for children on fighting influenza

Google Flu Trends

Gripe (Influenza) - Informacion para los padres

Influenza information in Spanish for parents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Pediatrics

Influenza Resources for Healthcare Professionals

HealthMap Vaccine Finder

Help Reduce the FLU@Work

Downloadable poster with simple checklist to help stop the spread of flu

Increasing Influenza Immunization Rates in Infants and Children

Influenza also known as flu

In-depth information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Pediatrics

Influenza Backgrounder

Influenza Information for Consumers (Adult)

Influenza Statements/Press Releases

Leading by Example: NFID Commitment to Influenza

Making Influenza Immunization a Yearly Habit for Children

Pediatric News Commentary by Carol J. Baker, MD, January 13, 2012

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

Understand the Facts About Influenza

Downloadable fact sheet

Who's At Risk: Children & Infants