Seasonal Influenza


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a 3-step approach to fighting the flu

  • Get vaccinated
  • Take everyday prevention actions
  • Use antiviral drugs if a physician prescribes them

Prevention – Get Vaccinated!

CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommend annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older who do not have contraindications with any licensed, age-appropriate influenza vaccine. Flu vaccine has been shown to reduce flu related illnesses and the risk of serious flu complications that can result in hospitalization or death.


Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) – United States, for 2018-19 Influenza Season. August 24, 2018.

Flu vaccinations should be received by the end of October, if possible. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating and unexpired flu vaccine is available then flu vaccinations should be given. Health care providers are encouraged to provide flu vaccinations during routine health care visits and hospitalizations when vaccine is available.

Prevention – Everyday Actions to Stop the Spread of Influenza

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If sick, stay home from work or school and limit contact with people to keep from infecting others.
  • If sick, with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after fever is gone except to get medical care or other necessities. Fevers should be gone for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medicine.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective when soap and water is unavailable.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu. 

Visit the CDC influenza website for more information about the flu. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

Vaccine Information Statements

Influenza Vaccine (Inactivated or Recombinant) ENGLISH |
Influenza Vaccine (Inactivated or Recombinant) SPANISH |
Influenza Vaccine (Live, Intranasal) ENGLISH |
Influenza Vaccine (Live, Intranasal) SPANISH

Vaccination Information For Providers

A variety of influenza vaccine products are licensed and available from several different manufacturers. For many vaccine recipients, more than one type or brand of vaccine might be appropriate within approved indications and ACIP recommendations. A licensed, age-appropriate influenza vaccine product should be used. Not all products are likely to be uniformly available in any practice setting or locality. Vaccination should not be delayed in order to obtain a specific product when an appropriate one is already available. Within these guidelines and approved indications, where more than one type of vaccine is appropriate and available, no preferential recommendation is made for use of any influenza vaccine product over another.

A complete list of U.S. influenza vaccine products for the 2018-2019 influenza season can be viewed at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/vaccines.htm.

CDC Digital Media Toolkit: 2018-19 Flu Season

CDC’s seasonal flu vaccination campaign materials are available to assist partners in communicating about the importance of vaccination. This digital toolkit details includes campaign events/activities, sample social media and newsletter content, website badges, and online resources.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/resource-center/toolkit/index.htm

To learn more about influenza surveillance and activity in Kansas, visit KDHE’s Influenza Disease Surveillance website.