Flu Information

Every year, millions of people get the flu. The good news is that the seasonal flu vaccine can lower the risk of getting the flu. Getting the yearly flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family, your friends and the community from the flu.

What is the flu and when is flu season?

The flu, also known as influenza is a viral infection that effects your respiratory system.

Who is at risk?

Children under 5, especially children under 2 years
Adults over 65 years and the elderly
Individuals with compromised immunize systems
Women who are pregnant
People who suffer from chronic illnesses, like diabetes, asthma and heart disease

Who should get vaccinated?

Everyone who is 6 months or older.

Why is my flu vaccination from last year not good for this year?

Vaccinations can protect you for the current flu season but only targets viruses that are most common for that flu season.

Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?

Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. During recent flu seasons, between 80% and 90% of flu related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older. “Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.

Where should you go to get the flu shot?

CVS - Store Locator
NYC Health + Hospitals Facility - Find a location
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - DOHMH Site Locator 

FOR PROVIDERS: Reporting Requirements

The seasonal flu vaccine can be obtained through established office practices. Children under the age of 19 who are uninsured, underinsured, Native American, or are enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care or Child Health Plus are covered by the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program and will not be reimbursed by the plan. Physicians who care for these populations may obtain vaccines through the VFC program.
There are reporting requirements for health care professionals administering vaccines to children under the age of 19. Requirements differ depending on where you are located:
Within New York City, vaccines administered to children under the age of 19must be reported to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR), as per New York City Health Code §11.07. Call 1-212-676-2323 or visit the CIR website for more information about the registry and how to report.
Outside of New York City, vaccinations must be reported to the New York State Immunization Information System.

Why is it important for health care workers to be immunized?

Facilities with health care personnel should promote high vaccination coverage. This coverage will protect staff, their patients and the general population and reduce disease burden and associated health care costs. Health care personnel include physicians, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, employees of nursing homes and chronic care facilities, students in these professions, and volunteers.

Additional Vaccines for Health Care Personnel:
  • Influenza
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Meningococcal
  • Tentanus, Diptheria, Pertussis (TdaP)

Resources for the upcoming Flu Season

CDC Flu Facts and Recommendations
NYC Health + Hospitals - Flu Information 
NYC Health - Flu