Influenza

Vaccine use

Person recieving influenza vaccination.
WHO/Isadore Brown

Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent infection and severe outcomes caused by influenza viruses.

Vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of serious influenza complications, and for people who live with or care for high risk individuals.

WHO recommends seasonal influenza vaccination for:

  • Highest priority:
    • Pregnant women
  • Priority (in no particular order):
    • Children aged 6-59 months
    • Elderly
    • Individuals with specific chronic medical conditions
    • Health-care workers

About influenza

Contact information

Global Influenza Programme and PIP Framework
World Health Organization
Avenue Appia 20
1211 Geneva 27
Switzerland
Email: WHOinfluenza@who.int