Seasonal Influenza

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Influenza Vaccine 2015-16 The Prevention and Control of Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for 2015-16 Influenza Season MMWR/August 7, 2015 Vol.64/No. 30;818-825 found here:

What you should know about the 2015-16 Influenza

Influenza Vaccination: A Summary for Clinicians

The ACIP recommends that all persons aged 6 months and older without contraindications receive annually for protection against seasonal influenza. To avoid missed opportunities for vaccinations, providers should offer vaccination during routine health care visits and hospitalizations when vaccine is available.

A number of different seasonal influenza vaccine formulations are available, some of which are licensed for specific age groups or are more appropriate than others for person with certain medical conditions. Find a complete list of Pediatric and Adult Influenza Vaccine Products for the 2015-2016 Influenza Season:

Children 6 months through 8 years need only one dose if they received two or more doses of seasonal influenza vaccine in the past.  These doses do not need to have been administered in the same or consecutive years. Information regarding the number of doses needed for children 6 month through 8 years is located here.

The 2015-16 influenza VISs have been posted and dated 8-07-2015. There are separate VISs for the inactivated and the live, attenuated intranasal vaccines. The “inactivated” vaccine influenza VIS may be used for all non-live virus formulations (e.g., trivalent, Quadrivalent, cell-culture, recombinant, Intradermal, high-dose).

Provider Information VIS Cheatsheet: |

Screening Questions for Contraindications for INACTIVATED (IIV) Vaccine

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

The Kansas VFC Program 2015-2016 Flu Presentations:

2015-2016 Pediatric Seasonal Flu Chart


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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)

Information for schools and child care providers

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot each year.
In the United States, seasonal influenza disease (also known as “the flu”) occurs during the late fall through early spring seasons. Every year, an average 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu; more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and about 36,000 people die from flu. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.
In addition to getting the flu vaccine, you should take these steps to avoid spreading germs:

  • 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.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get the flu, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

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