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.Did you know that approximately 959,000 Americans were hospitalized due to the flu in 2017-2018 season, and more than 48.8 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 2018-2019 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, Dec. 2-8, 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
- 6 reasons you should not delay getting your flu shot, American Medical Association
- 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
- Want to Avoid the Flu this Season? Be Sure to Get Vaccinated, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
- Frequently Asked Flu Questions 2018-2019 Influenza Season, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Summary of the 2017-2018 Influenza Season, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Information on National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW),
December 2 – 8, 2018
- CDC NIVW website
- NIVW Activities National, regional, state, & territorial calendar of events
- Resources for Health Professionals & Partners: Media toolkits, print materials, PSAs, & audio/video tools for download
United Against the Flu Partners
- American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
- Children's Hospital Association
- Speak Now for Kids (Children's Hospitals advocacy initiative)
- Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
- Federation of America's Hospitals
- Missouri Hospital Association
- Missouri Health Matters
- Tennessee Hospital Association
- Oklahoma Hospital Association
- Michigan Health & Hospital Association
- Alabama Hospital Association
- Healthcare Association of Hawaii
- Catholic Health Association
- South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organization
- Minnesota Hospital Association
- Association for Professionals in Infection Control
- Association of American Medical Colleges
- Maryland Hospital Association
- Connecticut Hospital Association
- Center for Health Affairs
- New Hampshire Hospital Association
- Ohio Hospital Association
- Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
- Louisiana Hospital Association
- National Health Council
- Maine Hospital Association
- Mississippi Hospital Association
- Hospital Association of Rhode Island