Information for Health Professionals
Note: For the 2016-17 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 2016-17. The 2016-17 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.
Transmission, clinical signs and symptoms of illness, complications of influenza
Information on influenza diagnostic testing
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
International Reagent Resource
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
Current available coverage data and past trends
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.
- Vaccines and Immunizations
- Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents
Archived H1N1 Pandemic Content
Archived guidance documents for 2009 H1N1 issued during the pandemic
- Avian Influenza Guidance
- H3N2v Guidance
- 2016-2017 Influenza Letter to Health Care Providers[428 KB, 2 pages]
- Page last reviewed: June 29, 2017
- Page last updated: June 29, 2017
- 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