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Facts About Influenza

It is estimated that up to 45 million people in the US experience symptomatic illness each year.1

From the 2010-11 through the 2019-20 flu seasons, the estimated death rate from flu has ranged from a low of 12,000 persons in 2011-12 to a high of 52,000 in the 2017-18 season.3

Influenza causes more hospitalizations among children under 5 years of age than any other vaccine-preventable disease.1 Total estimated hospitalization in patients of all ages reached 710,000 in the 2017-18 flu season.3

Influenza Vaccination Eligibility Criteria
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Influenza Vaccination Eligibility Criteria

  • Annually for persons 6 months of age and older who do not have contraindications1

Influenza Downloadable Resources

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Patient Handout

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  1. Hall E. Influenza. In: Hall E, Wodi AP, Hamborsky J, Morelli V, Schillie S, eds. Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. Public Health Foundation; 2021. Reviewed August 18, 2021. Accessed January 30, 2024. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/flu.html
  2. Influenza (flu). How flu spreads. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Revised September 20, 2022. Accessed January 30, 2024. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/spread.htm
  3. Past seasons estimated influenza disease burden. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Reviewed November 22, 2023. Accessed January 22, 2024. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/past-seasons.html