Importance of Flu Shots

Getting a flu shot is your best protection against flu viruses and is an important preventative tool for people with chronic lung disease.

People with chronic lung disease are at increased risk for severe flu complications.

Getting your flu shot also helps protect your family, friends and community.

American Lung Association – Dr. Rizzo, Chief Medical Officer

Fend off the Flu

Learn 5 easy actions to fend off the flu developed by the American Lung Association and proudly supported by Elevance Health Foundation.

Connecticut Influenza Data

Influenza data is collected year round, yet are presented during the respiratory disease season which is considered to be October 1 – April 30.  Click here to learn more about the number of cases and hospitalizations in Connecticut.   

National Influenza Surveillance Report

Early increases in seasonal influenza activity continue nationwide.  This CDC link provides many data points including viruses, illness and severe disease.  You will find data regarding the type of flu viruses detected, Influenza A or B, and the number of cases across the country. 

         The 2022-2023 egg-based flu vaccine composition include the following:

                        A/Victoria (H1N1)

                        A/Darwin (H3N2)

                        B/Austria (B/Victoria lineage)

                        B/Phuket (B/Yamagata lineage)

            The 2022-2023 cell- or recombinant vaccine composition include the following:

                        A/Wisconsin (H1N1)

                        A/Darwin (H3N2)

                        B/Austria (B/Victoria lineage)

                        B/Phuket (B/Yamagata lineage)

The composition of the influenza vaccines is updated annually and recommended by the FDA.  Prior flu season data including vaccine effectiveness are reviewed in making the recommendation.

Maternal Vaccine

Vaccinating women while they are pregnant helps protect their newborns.  These vaccines not only protect mom, but also protect babies when they are too young to receive vaccines. Pregnant women need to discuss their vaccine needs with their healthcare provider to discuss and determine the best time to get vaccinated.

For more information on the importance of pregnancy and vaccination, click here: