FLU FACTS AND FAQS
Influenza can result in serious complications, hospitalization, and death. Annual vaccination is the primary means of preventing influenza and is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).6
The ACIP recommends routine influenza vaccination for all persons aged ≥6 months who do not have contraindications.2
Healthcare providers should offer vaccination by the end of October, if possible.2
Children aged 6 months through 8 years who require 2 doses should receive their first dose as soon as possible after the vaccine becomes available, and the second dose ≥4 weeks later.2
People at high risk
Although anyone can be susceptible to contracting influenza, certain groups are at increased risk of flu complications10
Other high-risk groups10
- Pregnant women
- Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- American Indians and Alaskan Natives
- People with certain medical conditions, including asthma, neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions, chronic lung disease, heart disease, blood disorders, endocrine disorders, kidney disorders, liver disorders, metabolic disorders, weakened immune system, people with extreme obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or more), and people <19 years of age on long-term aspirin therapy.
*The CDC analyzed data sourced from the National Immunization Survey-Flu (NIS-Flu) with an unweighted sample size of 39,205 subjects aged 6 months to 4 years.8
- Prescribing Information for FLUARIX QUADRIVALENT.
- Grohskopf LA, Sokolow LZ, Broder KR, et al. Prevention and control of seasonal influenza with vaccines: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices—United States, 2018-19 influenza season. MMWR. 2018;67(3):1-20. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/rr/pdfs/rr6703a1-H.pdf. Published August 24, 2018. February 6, 2019.
- American Medical Association. Current Procedural Terminology 2018: Standard Edition. Abraham M, Ahlman JT, Boudreau AJ, et al, eds. Chicago, IL: AMA Press; 2019.
- Hibbs BF, Moro PL, Lewis P, Miller ER, Shimabukuro TT. Vaccination errors reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, (VAERS) United States, 2000-2013. Vaccine. 2015;33(28):3171-3178.
- Institute for Safe Medication Practices. Frequently reported vaccine errors to ISMP VERP. Pharm Today. 2016;22(1):72. https://www.pharmacytoday.org/article/S1042-0991(15)00033-X/fulltext. February 6, 2019.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Influenza: about flu. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/index.html. Reviewed September 5, 2019. Accessed November 18, 2019.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Estimated influenza illnesses, medical visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States - 2017-2018 influenza season. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/2017-2018.htm. Accessed February 6, 2019.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Estimates of flu vaccination coverage among children - United States, 2017-18 flu season. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/fluvaxview/coverage-1718estimates-children.htm. Accessed February 6, 2019.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People 65 years and older & influenza. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/65over.htm. Updated September 4, 2018. Accessed February 6, 2019.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/high_risk.htm. Updated August 27, 2018. Accessed February 6, 2019.