Focus On: Influenza

Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and infection can affect people differently. The National Institutes of Health reports the following statistics of a typical flu season:

  • Five to 20 percent of the United States population gets sick, more than 200,000 are hospitalized, and 36,000 die.
  • The most severe outcomes happen in people ages 65 years and older, very young children, and those with underlying health conditions.
  • Globally there are three to five million cases of severe influenza and up to 500,000 deaths.
The single best way to prevent against the flu is yearly vaccinations. The NIH recommends that everyone six months or older gets a flu vaccine every season. Universal vaccination will expand protection to more people, but it is particularly important for those at high risk of serious complications. This includes anyone with a chronic illness, children younger than five years, adults 65 years or older, pregnant women and nursing home residents.

To learn more about influenza, and to keep yourself and those around you healthy this season, please explore the content below.

Flu Basics

CE Influenza: Are you ready?
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, November/December 2018

Free Nurses: Be Flu Ready!
Lippincott, January 2018

Free What is Herd Immunity? 
Lippincott, January 2018

Free Staying Healthy This Flu Season
Lippincott, December 2017

Buy Influenza 101: What You Need To Know
Home Healthcare Now, October 2014


Free SHARE the Flu Vaccine Recommendation [INFOGRAPHIC]
Lippincott, December 2017

Buy  Encourage Patients To Roll Up Their Sleeves for Influenza Vaccination!
Nursing2015, November 2015

Free  Influenza Vaccination as a Component of an Influenza Prevention and Control Bundle
Home Healthcare Now, September 2015

Buy Improving the Inpatient Influenza Vaccination Process
Nursing2015, February 2015

Vaccination and Health Care Providers

FreeProtect yourself so you can continue to protect others
Lippincott, May 2017

Free  Nurses' Most Important Role This Holiday Season: Get Vaccinated
Nursing2016, October 2016

Buy Should Healthcare Workers Be Required to Be Vaccinated Against Influenza?
MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, May/June 2013

Buy Mandatory Influenza Vaccination: Is It Part of the Answer?
NursingManagement, August 2013

Vaccination During Pregnancy

Buy Vaccination During Pregnancy: A Systematic Review of Effectiveness and Safety
JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, June 2014

Buy A Comprehensive Review of Influenza and Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy
Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, October/December 2014

Infection Control

FreeBrushing Up On Isolation Guidelines [INFOGRAPHIC]
Lippincott, April 2017

FreeTransmission-Based Isolation Precautions for Common Pathogens [INFOGRAPHIC]
Lippincott, April 2017

CE Basic Principles of Infection Control
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, May/June 2015

Buy Clinical Challenges in Isolation Care
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, April 2015