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).7
- The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends routine influenza vaccination for all persons aged ≥6 months who do not have contraindications2
- Healthcare providers should offer vaccination by the end of October, if possible2
- 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 later2
- Although anyone can be susceptible to contracting influenza, certain groups are at increased risk of flu complications7
Children aged 6 through 35 months
Adults aged 65 years and older
In recent years, the CDC estimates people aged 65 years and older have accounted for10:
- 70%-85% of seasonal flu-related deaths
- 54%-70% of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations
- Prescribing Information for FLULAVAL 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. Accessed November 14, 2018.
- American Medical Association. CPT® 2019 Professional Edition. Chicago, IL: AMA Press; 2018.
- Prescribing Information for Fluzone Quadrivalent.
- Hibbs BF, Moro PL, Lewis P, et al. 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.
- Influenza: about flu. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/index.html. Updated October 26, 2018. Accessed November 14, 2018.
- Estimated Influenza Illnesses, Medical Visits, and Hospitalizations Averted by Vaccination in the United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/2016-17.htm. Updated May 22, 2016. Accessed November 14, 2018.
- Flu vaccination coverage, United States, 2016-17 influenza season. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/fluvaxview/coverage-1617estimates.htm. Updated September 28, 2017. Accessed November 14, 2018.
- People 65 years and older & influenza. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/65over.htm. Updated September 4, 2018. Accessed November 14, 2018.
- People at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/high_risk.htm. Updated August 27, 2018. Accessed November 14, 2018.