Seasonal Influenza

Influenza Vaccine 2017-18 The Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) – United States, for 2017-18 Influenza Season.

The MMWR/August 25, 2017 can be found here:

Find more information at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Influenza Website:

CDC recommends a three-step approach to fighting the flu

  1. Get Vaccinated
  2. Take everyday preventive actions
  3. Use antiviral drugs if physician prescribes them

The ACIP recommends that all persons aged 6 months and older without contraindications receive an injectable flu vaccine for protection against seasonal influenza. 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.

In addition to getting the flu vaccine, people should take these everyday preventive actions to stop the spreading germs:

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If sick, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • 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.
  • 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. 

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.

See Table 1 for a complete list of pediatric and adult Influenza vaccine products for the 2017-2018 influenza season: |


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CDC Recommends Flu Vaccination

Why Flu Vaccination Matters: Video Files
Personal Stories from Families Affected by Influenza

More than 20,000 children are hospitalized each year because of influenza. Click here to watch a CDC video documentary featuring parents who have lost a child to influenza.
CDC Video Documentary Transcript (.pdf)

Seasonal Flu Information for Parents of Young Children
Addressing the Challenges of Influenza
Vaccination on US College Campuses
A report by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Published May 2016 |

Influenza Disease Surveillance |
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