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September 21, 2022

Influenza Information for Health Care Professionals from the American Academy of Pediatrics—Updated September 21, 2022

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Infectious Diseases has compiled a comprehensive list of resources on influenza prevention and treatment in children and adolescents. This news and resource page is updated frequently. AAP member or subscriber login may be required to access some links.

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New information and resources to prepare for the 2022-'23 influenza season

Now available: The AAP influenza policy statement and technical report for the 2022-'23 season provide recommendations on the prevention and treatment of influenza in children and adolescents.

Start promoting influenza vaccination. US influenza vaccination rates currently are low. Vaccination rates for the 2021-'22 season were 2 percentage points lower overall for children and adolescents (55.3%), compared to the 2020-'21 season (57.3%). Vaccination rate among Black non-Hispanic children was the lowest during the 2021-'22 influenza season at 47%.

In preparation for the upcoming influenza season, access new information and resources to help increase influenza vaccine awareness and vaccination rates:

  • Plan and implement a vaccination clinic at your practice with this How to Set Up a Flu Clinic toolkit, featuring graphics, posters, and practical planning tools.
    • Download new Don’t Let the Flu Stop You campaign materials and resources to promote influenza vaccination in the Flu toolkit.
    • Share these Healthy Children influenza articles on the importance of annual flu shots with families.
  • Learn from AAP and CDC experts about influenza at these new webinars:
    • Meet the Red Book Committee – Influenza Update (held on September 7, 2022)
      • Watch this free webinar to learn about current AAP and CDC policy recommendations for the 2022-’23 influenza season. Topics include vaccine hesitancy, disparities in vaccination rates, and strategies to improve catch-up on childhood vaccination rates in practice settings.
    • COCA Call – 2022-2023 Recommendations for Influenza Prevention and Treatment (held on September 15, 2022)
      • Watch this free COCA Call on AAP and CDC recommendations for influenza prevention and treatment in children and adolescents for the 2022-2023 season. Speakers provide an overview of the 2021-2022 season, strategies to increase immunization rates, and highlight important health disparities.

Find additional implementation, education, and communication resources on the AAP Patient Care Influenza page, including:

You can also find tools on Communicating with Families and Promoting Vaccine Confidence for the upcoming season.

Watch for variant influenza virus infections. The CDC is advising clinicians to consider variant influenza virus infection in patients with acute respiratory illness and exposure to pigs or agricultural fairs prior to illness. Five cases of human infection with influenza A(H3N2) variant (A(H3N2)v) and influenza A(H1N2)v—variants that usually spread in pigs—have been reported. There have been no hospitalizations, deaths or person-to-person spread associated with these variant influenza virus infections. More cases are anticipated as the 2022 agricultural fair season continues, according to a CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory

Visit the Red Book Online Visual Library
Browse the Red Book Online Visual Library, featuring more than 2,700 infectious disease images. Several influenza images, slides, and graphics are part of the robust collection. Use the image library as a reference for diagnosis or for presentations.

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