Plan to stay healthy this flu season - Get vaccinated today!
Myths vs Facts on the Flu Vaccination
United Against the Flu is a collaborative effort by several national health care organizations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to amplify the importance of getting vaccinated, especially this flu season.
CDC estimates that, from October 1, 2018, through May 4, 2019, there have been 531,000 – 647,000 flu hospitalizations, and more than 27 million were affected by flu-related illnesses, according to the CDC. In addition to symptoms including sore throat, aches and fever, the flu can lead to serious health complications such as pneumonia.
One of the most important steps you can take to avoid serious, flu-related illnesses is to be vaccinated.
Who needs a flu vaccine?
Almost everyone. The CDC recommends that anyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated, particularly people who are at a high risk for flu complications. This includes people 65 years and older, young children and people with chronic conditions such as asthma or heart disease. Individuals who care for or live with these high-risk populations also should get vaccinated.
Flu Shot or Nasal Spray Vaccine?
For the 2019-2020 flu season, CDC recommends that providers use any licensed, appropriate influenza vaccine. There are several flu vaccine options, including the live attenuated influenza vaccine, also known as the nasal spray. Different flu vaccines are approved for use in different groups of people. Factors that can determine a person’s suitability for vaccination, or vaccination with a particular vaccine, include a person’s age, health (current and past) and any relevant allergies, including an egg allergy.
Join United Against the Flu now and during National Influenza Vaccination Week, as we send a loud message across social platforms to protect yourself and your family by getting a flu vaccination.
Below is a wide array of resources from participating organizations.
Information and Resources
- Toolkit for Long-Term Care Employers: The National Vaccine Program Office and the CDC, with support from HHS’s Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, created a web-based toolkit to provide tools and resources for managers in long-term care facilities to improve influenza vaccination coverage among their personnel
- Infection prevention E-cards, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
- Influenza and pneumococcal immunization, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
- Protect the young: Parents and families are partners in preventing the flu, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
- Preventing the flu depends on you, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
- Infection prevention basics: Ask about vaccines, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
- 2018-2019 U.S. Flu Season: Preliminary Burden Estimates,Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
United Against the Flu Partners
- Alabama Hospital Association
- AMA - American Medical Association
- Arkansas Hospital Association
- Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association
- APIC - Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
- Association of American Medical Colleges
- Catholic Health Association
- Children's Hospital Association
- Colorado Hospital Association
- Connecticut Hospital Association
- Delaware Healthcare Association
- District of Columbia Hospital Association
- Federation of American Hospitals
- Georgia Hospital Association
- Healthcare Association of Hawaii
- Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
- Illinois Health and Hospital Association
- Indiana Hospital Association
- Kansas Hospital Association
- Louisiana Hospital Association
- Maine Hospital Association
- Maryland Hospital Association
- Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association
- Michigan Health & Hospital Association
- Minnesota Hospital Association
- Mississippi Hospital Association
- Missouri Hospital Association
- Montana Hospital Association
- National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)
- National Health Council
- New Hampshire Hospital Association
- New Jersey Hospital Association
- North Carolina Healthcare Association
- Ohio Hospital Association
- Oklahoma Hospital Association
- Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
- Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
- South Carolina Hospital Association
- South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO)
- Speak Now for Kids (Children's Hospitals advocacy initiative)
- Tennessee Hospital Association
- Texas Hospital Association
- The Joint Commission
- Utah Hospital Association
- Washington State Hospital Association