Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Flu can also result in serious outcomes such as hospitalization or death. Older adults, young children and people with certain health conditions are at high risk for serious complications from flu. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
This recommendation for annual vaccination means that health care professionals should remain up-to-date with their knowledge of influenza vaccination and practices.To help providers prepare for the 2019-2020 flu season, CDC hosted a webinar to overview the season’s vaccine recommendations. This video includes information that health care professionals providing immunization services should know about storage and handling requirements, and administration considerations.