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Faces of Influenza

The American Lung Association's Faces of Influenza campaign was created as a seasonal influenza public education initiative to urge families to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The Lung Association aims to ensure Americans get immunized against seasonal influenza, which each year causes between 3,000 and 49,000 deaths from the virus and its related complications.

Seasonal influenza is an annual threat.In an average year, between 5 percent and 20 percent of Americans may be infected with the virus, which can cause missed days at school or the office, hospitalizations—and even death.

Health officials recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older receive an influenza vaccination each and every year. It is especially important for those in high-risk groups and their close contacts to get immunized against seasonal influenza as soon as vaccine is available to avoid serious complications from infection. Immunization throughout the full season is beneficial, as seasonal influenza virus activity typically peaks in February or March.

Influenza is not the common cold—it's a serious respiratory illness. Find out more about influenza.

Approved by Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel. Last reviewed October 5, 2016.

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