Who Needs A Flu Vaccine?

Influenza, commonly referred to as the 'flu', is a severe respiratory illness that is easily spread and can lead to severe complications, even death. Each year in the U.S. on average, influenza and its related complications result in approximately 226,000 hospitalizations and over 23,600 deaths. Combined with pneumonia, influenza is the nation's eighth leading cause of death. You can help avoid getting and spreading influenza by getting vaccinated each year.

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Seasonal Influenza Information for Child Care Providers, Schools and Colleges

Influenza vaccination is the most effective method for preventing seasonal influenza and its complications. All children 6 months up to their 19th birthday should be vaccinated every year against seasonal influenza. Infants and young children are at a greater risk for getting seriously ill from influenza.

Influenza spreads easily from person to person. Children and adults can spread the flu before they even feel sick.

Child care providers, schools and colleges play a key role in helping prevent and slow the spread of influenza in our communities. On this page are resources for sharing with families and staff on preventing seasonal influenza.