Influenza

Promoting vaccinations against this threat to public health

Seasonal influenza (often called the flu) is a highly contagious respiratory illness. Frequently mistaken for the common cold or stomach illness, flu is a leading cause of death among American adults. On average 226,000 people are hospitalized and between 3,000 and 49,000 people die annually from flu in the United States.

Cases of the flu typically start showing up in December and peak around March. The long flu season means it is never too late to get a flu shot; you can get a flu shot as late as April if you have not yet been infected. Respiratory Health Association encourages everyone over six months of age to get vaccinated against the flu annually. For the 2013-14 influenza season, CDC estimates that influenza vaccination prevented approximately 7.2 million illnesses, 3.1 million medically attended illnesses, and 90,000 hospitalizations associated with flu.

Respiratory Health Association is dedicated to:

  • Educating the public about seasonal flu and novel flu strains
  • Promoting the importance of influenza vaccination.
  • Keeping the community informed of flu outbreaks and steps we can take to protect ourselves, our families and our workplaces from influenza.

To learn more about influenza, see our Understanding Influenza page or the Influenza Library.

To learn more contact Amy O'Rourke:
Email Amy
(312)628-0217