Flu (influenza) is a seasonal upper airway and lung infection that causes fever and a cough or sore throat. It is most common during the fall and winter months. Every year, about 2,000 New Yorkers die of seasonal flu and pneumonia, which can develop as a complication of the flu.
Vaccination is the best way to protect against the flu.
As the flu and COVID-19 are expected to circulate at the same time this season, getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever. Although the flu vaccine will not prevent COVID-19, it will help decrease the risk of you and your family getting sick and needing flu-related medical care.
Be sure to call ahead to check for vaccine availability.
If you are a health care provider, check out Health Department resources and information about how providers can best treat, report and vaccinate against the flu.
Flu vaccinations administered to children aged 18 years or younger must be reported to the Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR). For patients ages 19 years and older, providers are strongly encouraged to report administered flu vaccines to the CIR with the patient’s verbal or written consent.