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.
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.
According to a survey by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), a strong recommendation from a pediatrician or other healthcare professional would make nearly 3 in 4 parents more interested in vaccinating their child against influenza.
As a healthcare professional, it is up to you to start the “influenza” dialogue regarding annual influenza vaccination recommendations. It is also important to set an example by getting vaccinated yourself each year.
Printable fact sheet outlining the benefits of influenza immunization of healthcare professionals
NFID public service announcement (:30 animated video) providing information on how to take 3 steps to #FightFlu
NFID public service announcement (:30 animated video) developed to create awareness about influenza prevention