Influenza Resource Center

The Influenza Resource Center includes practical resources and tools for the clinician as well as parent education materials that can be readily utilized to enhance patient care and communication.

This Influenza Resource Center has been made available by an educational grant from MedImmune, LLC.

Related CME Courses on myCME

  1. Case 1: Influenza Vaccination in an 11-Year-Old Boy Coming in for a Well Check

  2. Case 2: Influenza Vaccination in a 7-Year-Old Girl With Diabetes and Mild Egg Allergy

  3. Case 3: Influenza Vaccination in a 3-Year-Old Boy With a Mild Cold


Information for Parents

  1. Influenza and Who Is at Risk 
  2. Preventing Seasonal Flu: Getting Vaccinated
  3. Benefits of Influenza Vaccination
  4. The Issue of Safety of the Influenza Vaccine
  5. If Your Child Has Influenza
  6. Vaccine Information Sources for Parents


Information for Clinicians

  1. Protecting Children and Adults From Influenza: Recommendations for Vaccination, 2011-2012 
  2. Algorithm for Administering Influenza Vaccine to Presumed Egg-Allergic Recipients
  3. Algorithm for Number of Influenza Vaccine Doses During the 2011-2012 Season for Children 6 Mo-8 Y
  4. Comparing TIV and LAIV
  5. Risk Factors/Complications of Influenza
  6. Overcoming Parental Misconceptions
  7. Practice Management Tips


Vaccine Web Sites for Clinicians

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases Web site
Provides vaccination recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), vaccination schedules, automated child schedulers, an adult immunization scheduler, vaccine safety information, publications, provider education and training, and links to related Web sites.

CDC: Seasonal influenza (flu)

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)
Provides ACIP recommendations regarding vaccine use, statements of vaccine policy as they are developed, and reports of specific disease activity.
Free electronic subscriptions:

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Red Book: Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases
AAP: Childhood Support Immunization Program

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

Johns Hopkins Institute for Vaccine Safety
Provides information on vaccines and safety to help guide and educate physicians, the public, and the media about issues surrounding the safety of vaccines.

Group on Immunization Education of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
Provides information for clinicians, including the free program Shots (and childhood, adolescent, and adult schedules for iPhone, Palm, and Windows devices).


Vaccine Education Center
Located at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Vaccines & Immunization, Basics and Common Questions

National Network for Immunization Information

Immunization Action Coalition
Provides extensive free provider and patient information, including translations of the Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) into multiple languages (printed materials reviewed by the CDC for technical accuracy).

Selected Publications

  1. American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Infectious Diseases. Recommendations for prevention and control of influenza in children, 2011-2012. Pediatrics. 2011;128:813-825.
  2. American Academy of Pediatrics. Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine and Council on Community Pediatrics. Policy statement: increasing immunization coverage. Pediatrics. 2010;125:1295-1304.
  3. Belshe RB, Edwards KM, Vesikari T, et al. Live attenuated versus inactivated influenza vaccine in infants and young children.
    N Engl J Med
    . 2007;356:685-686.
  4. Benowitz I, Esposito DB, Gracey KD, et al. Influenza vaccine given to pregnant women reduces hospitalization due to influenza in their infants. Clin Infect Dis. 2010;51(12):1355-1361.
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Influenza-associated pediatric deaths—United States, September 2010-August 2011. MMWR. 2011;60:1233-1238.
  6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prevention and control of influenza with vaccines: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2011. MMWR. 2011;60:1128-1132.
  7. Keeton VF, Chen AK. Immunization updates and challenges. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2010;22:234-240.
  8. Lessin HR, Edwards KM; Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine; Committee on Infectious Diseases. Immunizing parents and other close family contacts in the pediatric office setting. Pediatrics. 2012;129:e247-e253.
  9. Levy DJ, Ambrose CS, Oleka N, Lewin EB. A survey of pediatricians' attitudes regarding influenza immunization in children. BMC Pediatr. 2009;9:8.
  10. Moseley KL, Freed GL, Goold SD. Which sources of child health advice do parents follow? Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2011;50:50-56.
  11. Omer SB, Salmon DA, Orenstein WA, et al. Vaccine refusal, mandatory immunization, and the risks of vaccine-preventable diseases. N Engl J Med. 2009;360:1981-1988
  12. Piedra PA, Gaglani MJ, Kozinetz CA, et al. Trivalent live attenuated intranasal influenza vaccine administered during the 2003-2004 influenza type A (H3N2) outbreak provided immediate, direct, and indirect protection in children. Pediatrics. 2007;120:e553-e564.
  13. Poehling KA, Szilagyi PG, Staat MA, et al. Impact of maternal immunization on influenza hospitalizations in infants. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2011;204 (6 suppl):S141-S148.
  14. Tabarani CM, Domachowske JB. Influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel. Pediatr Ann. 2009;38:661-666.
  15. Thompson WW, Shay DK, Weintraub E, et al. Influenza-associated hospitalizations in the United States. JAMA. 2004;292:1333-1340.

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