Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.
In addition to washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying home from work or school when sick, getting your annual flu shot is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and others.
Flu seasons are unpredictable and can range from mild
to severe. Alaska typically has sporadic flu activity year round, some
of it related to our robust tourism season, with peak activity occurring
as early as November or as late as March.
Health care providers interested in participating in outpatient influenza-like illness surveillance may contact the SOE Influenza Coordinator at 907-269-8000.
Resources for the General Public
Places to get vaccinated in Alaska
Private clinics, public health centers, many
retail pharmacies, and other locations may have vaccine available. Click here to get a map of retail pharmacies offering vaccine near you.
Resources for Health Care Professionals
Influenza is a public health reportable condition in Alaska.
- Suspected novel strains of influenza and influenza-associated death are reportable by providers. Positive influenza lab test results are reportable. Visit our Conditions Reportable webpage for more information.
Archived Public Health Alerts
Alaska Department of Health & Social Services
Help Stop the Spread poster is also available in: Hmong, Korean, Samoan, Spanish, and Tagalog
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention