Everyone age 6 months or older–including adolescents–should get an influenza (flu) vaccine every year.
Influenza, also called the flu, is a contagious viral infection of the nose, throat, and lungs, that can cause severe illness. It is a serious infection that affects between 5-20% of the US population annually. During the 2017-2018 season, an estimated 900,000 individuals were hospitalized and nearly 80,000 deaths occurred in the US from flu and flu-related complications. The highest rate of influenza infection in the US is in school-aged children.
Influenza is spread easily from person to person. When someone who has the flu sneezes, coughs, or even talks, the virus passes into the air and may be breathed in by anyone close by. Influenza can cause serious complications in healthy people of all ages and particularly among people with pre-existing conditions. Influenza vaccine is needed every year for the best protection.
NFID public service announcement (:30 animated video) providing information on how to take 3 steps to #FightFlu
NFID survey that uncovered new insights into increasing participation in vaccination programs on college campuses
NFID public service announcement (:30 animated video) developed to create awareness about influenza prevention