About the Flu

Influenza (flu) is a respiratory virus that can spread rapidly in communities and be passed from person to person. The flu can cause mild to severe illness, with older people, young children, and people with chronic conditions like asthma, heart disease, and diabetes, are often at greater risk for serious complications. Flu season typically begins in the fall and ends in the spring.

Pediatricians play a crucial role to prevent the spread of the flu through annual flu vaccinations. The CDC is recommended that every person 6 months of age and older receive a flu vaccination. Flu vaccinations before the end of October, before the flu begins spreading in the community are recommended, but every patient visit is an opportunity to promote and educate patients and their families about the flu vaccine. Increasing flu vaccination rates is the best way to prevent the flu!

For more information on immunizations and making strong vaccine recommendations, click here

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Resources and Toolkits for the 2021-2022 Flu Season


State and National Surveillance

Education Opportunities


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Updated 10/22/2021