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September 7, 2021

Influenza Information for Health Care Professionals from the American Academy of Pediatrics—Updated September 7, 2021

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

Influenza Updates:

Laboratory-confirmed influenza activity is low at this time.
AAP and CDC encourage influenza vaccination throughout the season for those who have not yet been vaccinated.

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





Patient Education

Pediatric Patient Education
Influenza (Flu): What You Need to Know
Coronavirus (COVID-19) or Influenza - How to Tell | English
Which Flu Vaccine Should My Children Get This Year?
Preventing the Flu: Resources for Parents & Child Care Providers
The Flu
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? | Spanish

¿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 (influenza)
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?

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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