Influenza Vaccine Information Sheet (VIS)


What is Influenza?

Influenza, which is commonly referred to as the “flu” is spread by nasal secretions, sneezing and coughing. While other illnesses have similar symptoms, the only illness that results from the influenza virus is influenza.

While some cases of the flu are mild and last just a few days, there are others who will get much sicker. Influenza can lead to cases of pneumonia and be extremely dangerous for those who have breathing or heart conditions.

Who needs the Influenza vaccination? When?

All children over the age of 6 months and older adults need the vaccination.

It is also extremely important for anyone who is traveling to the Southern hemisphere between the months of April and September, or anywhere in the tropics or as part of an organized tourist group to receive the vaccination.

What are the risks of the Influenza vaccine?

This vaccine could cause mild problems, such as:

  • Soreness, swelling and redness at the injection site
  • Aches
  • Fever

More severe reactions may also occur, such as changes in behavior or a high fever. If these occur, then it is essential to get to a doctor right away.

How can I learn more about the Influenza vaccine?

Call the Kansas City Travel and Immunization Clinic today at (913) 469-0011 and one of our knowledgeable staff will be able to assist you.