Note: Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices — United States, 2017–18 Influenza Season is available. Content throughout the rest of the influenza web site will be updated in the coming weeks. Refer to the 2017-2018 document for information specific to the 2017-2018 influenza season.
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.
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
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- Page last updated: October 5, 2017
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