Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral infection of the nose, throat, and lungs that occurs most often in the late fall, winter, and early spring in the US. Flu is a serious infection that affects between 5-20% of the US population annually. Each year in the US, millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands to tens of thousands die from flu and related complications.
Flu can impact people of all ages.
What are the symptoms?
Common symptoms include fever (101ºF-102ºF), muscle/body aches, chills, tiredness, with sudden onset. Other symptoms may include a cough and/or sore throat and a runny or stuffy nose. Flu frequently causes people to miss school and work, and in some cases, may cause serious complications such as pneumonia.
How can it be prevented?
The best way to prevent flu is to receive an influenza vaccination every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get vaccinated annually. The best time to get vaccinated is in the early fall, as soon as vaccines is available. However, vaccination throughout the flu season is still beneficial.
Flu resources from NFID and partners
Printable fact sheet outlining the benefits of influenza immunization of healthcare professionals
Get the facts about flu and children
These PSAs illustrate the potentially devastating impact influenza has on children and the importance of immunization
NFID public service announcement (:30 animated video) providing information on how to detect, prevent, and treat the flu
Frequently Asked Questions about flu and children
NFID public service announcement (:30 animated video) on the impact of flu on adults age 65 years and older