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Influenza (flu)

Influenza is a serious disease caused by a virus. Influenza can make you feel miserable! Fever, cough, shaking chills, body aches, and extreme weakness are common symptoms.
You can catch influenza from people who cough, sneeze, or even just talk around you. It is very contagious.
Tragically, every year infants, children, teens, and adults die from influenza. Influenza is very unpredictable. No one knows how deadly influenza will be each year. Even if you have a mild case of influenza, you can still pass the virus on to your friends, family, and coworkers who could get very sick or even die.
Influenza is most dangerous for people with health conditions like heart and lung disease, the very young and very old, and pregnant women. But anyone can become seriously sick from influenza – even young, healthy people.
Vaccination is the most effective step you can take to be protected from this serious disease.
Influenza Vaccine Schedule
Every person, beginning at age 6 months and continuing throughout their lifetime, should receive annual vaccination against influenza.
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Trusted Websites
flu.gov
flu.gov
Provides information on influenza for the general public, health professionals, policymakers, and more
Families Fighting Flu
Families Fighting Flu
Families and pediatricians who have experienced first-hand what it is like to lose a child to influenza or to have a child experience severe medical complications from influenza. Website features compelling videos and first-hand accounts from member families
Health Map Vaccine Finder
Health Map Vaccine Finder
This locator provides information on where to find flu vaccination, including dates, times, addresses and phone numbers for clinics offering flu vaccinations near the entered addresses or zip codes
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Video Library
Making Flu Vaccine Each Year
Making Flu Vaccine Each Year: Learn about how the flu vaccine is made every year and how they name the strains that they put inside. Rishi is a pediatric infectious disease physician and works at Khan Academy.
>> view all influenza videos
 
Personal Testimonies
Stories of suffering and loss from influenza (flu)
The Story of Amanda Kanowitz
Influenza Killed My Beautiful 23-Month-Old Daughter
The Story of Emily Lastinger
Influenza Ends Martin McGowan's Life
>> view all personal testimonies
More Influenza Information
Influenza: Make sure your child is protected
Influenza: Make sure your child is protected
Vaccine summary for parents
>> Spanish-language
Protect Yourself from Influenza
Protect Yourself from Influenza
Vaccine summary for teens and adults
>> Spanish-language
Keep Your Kids Safe
Keep Your Kids Safe
Get them vaccinated every year
>> Spanish-language
>> Arabic-language
>> Chinese-language
Flu Emergency Warning Signs
Flu Emergency Warning Signs
When to seek immediate medical care for you or your family
Influenza Questions & Answers
Influenza Q&As
Influenza disease and vaccine information
Influenza: Overview for Parents
Overview for Parents
Frequently asked questions
>> Spanish-language
Influenza Fact Sheet
Influenza Fact Sheet
More in-depth information, includes a real-life story
Influenza: What You Should Know
What You Should Know
Influenza Q&A fact sheet
>> Spanish-language
Influenza Photos
Some of the images are quite graphic
>> view influenza photos
 
This page was reviewed on August 3, 2014
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The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), a non-profit organization, works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services. IAC also facilitates communication about the safety, efficacy, and use of vaccines within the broad immunization community of patients, parents, healthcare organizations, and government health agencies.