Information for Health Professionals
Note: For the 2016-2017 season, CDC recommends use of the flu shot (inactivated influenza vaccine or IIV) and the recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV). The nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) should not be used during 2016-2017. The 2016-2017 influenza vaccination recommendations are now available.
The pages listed below offer public health and health care professionals key information about vaccination, infection control, prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of seasonal influenza.
This Long-Term Care Employers toolkit launched last season in collaboration with the HHS National Vaccine Program Office, as a guide to increasing flu vaccination among health care personnel in long-term care settings. It includes a number of resources intended to help long-term care facility owners and administrators provide access to influenza vaccination for their workforce, and to help anyone working in long-term care understand the importance of influenza vaccination for their employees.
- Clinical Information
Transmission, clinical signs and symptoms of illness, complications of influenza
- Diagnostic Tests
Information on influenza diagnostic testing
- Antiviral Drugs
Guidance on the use of antiviral agents for treatment and chemoprophylaxis
- Vaccine Recommendations (ACIP)
Recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
- Institutional Outbreaks and Infection Control
Guidelines for various settings, respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette
- Influenza Reagent Resource (IRR)
The IRR website provides registered users with reagents, tools and information on influenza and influenza virus detection
- Influenza Activity and Surveillance
Overview and map of current influenza activity in the United States
Dosing & administration, supply, storage, VIS, effectiveness & safety
- Vaccination Coverage
Current available coverage data and past trends
- Patient Education
Influenza materials for health professionals to provide to patients
Webcasts and online courses
- Long-term Care Facilities
Consolidated guidance on influenza outbreak management and prevention.
- Page last reviewed: October 27, 2015
- Page last updated: March 11, 2016
- Content source:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)
- Page maintained by: Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs