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January 19, 2022

Influenza Information for Health Care Professionals from the American Academy of Pediatrics—Updated January 14, 2022

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Infectious Diseases has compiled a comprehensive list of influenza resources to serve as a centralized point of reference for vaccine guidance, prevention, treatment, payment, policies, news, and other information pertaining to influenza for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

This resource is updated frequently as needed, including pertinent information related to seasonal, H1N1, avian, and pandemic influenza. Some links may require member or subscriber log-in.


Influenza Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) & Other Organizations
Influenza News

As of January 14, 2022, seasonal influenza activity in the United States declined slightly from the previous week but remains elevated. Influenza activity is expected to continue for several more weeks. Influenza A (H3N2) virus has been the most frequently detected. Reported numbers of hospital admissions for influenza have slightly declined this week, but the cumulative hospitalization rate is higher than the rate for the entire 2020-21 season. So far this season, CDC has reported three influenza-associated pediatric deaths. For more information on influenza trends in the U.S. visit:

As of December 25, 2021, the CDC is reporting lower influenza vaccination rates for children and adolescents this season, compared with last season ending in the week of December 26, 2020.


Influenza Season 2020-2021

Influenza Season 2021-2022

Percentage Point Difference

Overall Rate for Children and Adolescents




Non-Hispanic White Children and Adolescents




Hispanic Children and Adolescents




Non-Hispanic Black Children and Adolescents




A new CDC study found that influenza vaccination reduced risk of critical and life-threatening illness and protected children during a season when vaccine-mismatched influenza viruses predominated. Pediatricians are encouraged to promote influenza vaccination at every patient visit throughout the season to those who have not yet been vaccinated.

Weekly Flu Vaccination Dashboard | FluVaxView | Seasonal Influenza (Flu) | CDC


Note: AAP members also receive important updates via all-member Ebreaking News alerts and the monthly AAP News OnCall e-mail.


Vaccination Guidance During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Policy & Implementation





Professional Education & Resources

 Seasonal Influenza




Contact the CDC 24 hours a day. Identify yourself as a pediatrician to get the most specific help.

Phone: 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) | TTY: 888-232-6348


  Pandemic Influenza





Social Media Resources



Patient Education

Pediatric Patient Education
Influenza (Flu): What You Need to Know
Coronavirus (COVID-19) or Influenza - How to Tell | English
The Importance of Flu Vaccines as the COVID-19 Pandemic Continues
Which Flu Vaccine Should My Children Get This Year?
Preventing the Flu: Resources for Parents & Child Care Providers
The Flu: What Parents Need to Know
Flu: A Guide for Parents of Children or Adolescents with Chronic Health Conditions
Preventing the Flu: Resources for Parents & Child Care Providers
Symptom Checker—Flu
How is the Flu Different from COVID-19?
Do college students and teens need a flu shot? | Spanish

La importancia de las vacunas contra la gripe mientras continúa la pandemia de COVID-19
¿Cuál vacuna contra la influenza le deben aplicar a mis niños este año?
Cómo prevenir la gripe: información para los padres y los proveedores de cuidado infantil
La gripe: qué deben saber los padres
La influenza: una guía para padres de niños o adolescentes con enfermedades crónicas
Cómo prevenir la gripe: información para los padres y los proveedores de cuidado infantil
¿Cómo se puede diferenciar la gripe del COVID-19?
¿Los estudiantes universitarios y los adolescentes necesitan una vacuna contra la gripe?

Ask the Pediatrician
Is it safe for a baby to get the flu vaccine in March and April, and then get the next season's flu vaccine in August?
Why should my son get the flu shot at the pediatrician’s office vs. a retail-based pharmacy?


Texas Children's Hospital - "Facing Influenza"

Three families share their stories with the hopes of educating other parents about the importance of vaccination for influenza, more commonly known as the flu. They have experienced tremendous trial, loss, and hardship and their lives have been forever changed.

For additional guidance on influenza, health care professionals are encouraged to utilize the resources provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC provides regular updates via its Web resources and e-mail alerts.

Influenza Images on Red Book Online

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