Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. There are two main types of influenza (flu) virus: Types A and B. The influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in people (human influenza viruses) are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year.
Each year CDC estimates the burden of influenza in the U.S. CDC uses modeling to estimate the number of influenza illnesses, medical visits, flu-associated hospitalizations, and flu-associated deaths that occur in the U.S. in a given season. The burden of influenza disease in the United States can vary widely and is determined by a number of factors including the characteristics of circulating viruses, the timing of the season, how well the vaccine is working to protect against illness, and how many people got vaccinated.
This flu season the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) Immunization Program is providing an opportunity to help thousands of Nebraskans receive the flu vaccine. This flu season, all Immunization program enrolled providers, can provide you and your family flu vaccine regardless of eligibility. Please find a provider near you at the program home page http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Immunization.aspx.
Now more than ever, Nebraskans must think about their overall health and possible health outcomes of themselves and their families during this flu season. It is imperative to be proactive by making healthy choices, practicing good hand washing and social distancing, and by taking advantage of health promotion within our communities.
Click here for more information on CDC updates & recommendations for the 2020-2021 Influenza Season.
For Health Care Professionals: Preparing Your Practice/Fight Flu Toolkit
As healthcare professionals prepare to have conversations with patients around flu vaccination, CDC has pulled together a suite of digital and print-off materials to help in effectively conveying the threat of flu and why flu vaccination is so important.
These resources include:
All About Flu - From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Information for Specific High Risk Groups:Adults 65 Years and OlderPregnant WomenYoung ChildrenPeople with AsthmaPeople with DiabetesPeople with HIVPeople with CancerChildren with Neurological ConditionsPeople with Heart Disease & Stroke
2019-2020 Flu Vaccine FAQ with FluMist Info