Podcasts

The following podcasts contain information, guidance and recommendations from CDC experts on important aspects of flu prevention and the flu season. Listen or download below.

Topic or Audience

Vaccination
Get your flu vaccine

Get Your Flu Vaccine [4 MB, 4 min 16 sec]
Flu season is here and it’s time for most of us to get vaccinated. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people in the US get influenza and several thousand die from the disease. In this podcast, Dr. Erin Kennedy discusses the importance of getting an annual flu vaccine.

Kids, Parents, and Pregnant Women
Personal Stories: Why flu vaccination matters

Personal Stories: Why Flu Vaccination Matters [2 MB, 3 min 34 sec]
In this podcast, moving personal stories help inform parents about the dangers of flu to children and the benefits of vaccination.

Flu-Free Babies and Moms (A Cup of Health with CDC)

Flu-Free Babies and Moms (A Cup of Health with CDC) [3 MB, 2 min 58 sec]
During pregnancy, women are at increased risk for complications and severe illness from influenza, including going into labor too early, developing severe pneumonia, and, in rare cases, death. Newborns also are at increased risk for severe illness from the flu. In this podcast, Dr. Carolyn Bridges discusses the importance of pregnant women receiving the flu vaccine to protect themselves and their infants.

Flu free babies and moms

Flu-Free Babies and Moms (A Minute of Health with CDC) [1 MB, 59 sec]
Pregnant women and their newborns are at increased risk for severe illness from the flu. This podcast discusses the importance of pregnant women receiving the flu vaccine.

Flu free kids

Flu Free Kids (A Minute of Health with CDC) [1 MB, 59 sec]
Children under the age of two are especially at risk for flu-related complications. This podcast discusses recommendations from public health experts for vaccination of children six months and older.

Preventing flu during pregnancy

Preventing Flu During Pregnancy (A Minute of Health with CDC) [1 MB, 59 sec]
During the influenza season, pregnant women and infants under 6 months old are especially susceptible to severe complications from the flu.

Spanish Speaking Audiences
Hablemos de la Influenza

Hablemos de la Influenza [4 MB, 6 min 2 sec]
En la charla, un médico responde a las preguntas frecuentes sobre la vacuna contra la influenza (gripe).

Historical Podcasts

Podcasts in this section contain information, guidance or recommendations that are no longer up-to-date. CDC continues to make this content available for historical reference here in this section.

2013
Preventing flu during pregnancy

Preventing Flu During Pregnancy (A Cup of Health with CDC) [3 MB, 2 min 58 sec]
During the influenza season, pregnant women and infants under 6 months old are especially susceptible to severe complications from the flu. The seasonal flu vaccination is the best way to protect both mother and baby. In this podcast Dr. Stacie Greby discusses the importance of pregnant women receiving the flu vaccine.

2012
Oseltamivir-resistant flu

Oseltamivir-Resistant Flu [9 MB, 7 min 51 sec]
Dr. Aaron Storms, an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer at CDC, discusses his paper about oseltamivir-resistant H1N1flu.

Continue to Vaccinate Patients and Staff Against the Flu

Continue to Vaccinate Patients and Staff Against the Flu [3 MB, 5 min 14 sec]
This podcast is a reminder to health care providers about the importance of annual flu vaccination—it’s not too late! Health care providers should get their flu vaccine and continue offering and encouraging flu vaccination among their staff, colleagues, and patients.

2011
Business/Employers Influenza Toolkit

Business/Employers Influenza Toolkit [5 MB, 5 min 10 sec]
This podcast provides information about recommended strategies to help businesses and employers promote the seasonal flu vaccine.

Flu Free Kids (A Cup of Health with CDC)

Flu Free Kids (A Cup of Health with CDC) [3 MB, 2 min 50 sec]
Every year, thousands of preschool-aged children are hospitalized with flu-related complications, second only to elderly adults. Children under two are especially at risk. In this podcast, Dr. Timothy Cunningham discusses ways help prevent young children from getting the flu.

Flu Resistance to Antiviral Drug in North Carolina

Flu Resistance to Antiviral Drug in North Carolina [4 MB, 4 min 36 sec]
Dr. Katrina Sleeman, Associate Service Fellow at CDC, discusses resistance to an antiviral flu drug in North Carolina.

2010
Wes Studi: Take 3 PSA (:60)

Wes Studi: Take 3 PSA (:60) [2 MB, 1 min]
Actor Wes Studi (Last of the Mohicans, Avatar) highlights 3 steps to prevent getting and spreading the flu: 1. Get vaccinated every year 2. Stop the spread of germs 3. Take antivirals if prescribed.