Are you only planning on stocking your shelves with tissues and over-the-counter medications this flu season? We think you should plan to play a more active role in promoting influenza vaccination in your community.
Only 46% of people in the United States received a seasonal influenza vaccine last year.1 This is far below the US Department of Health and Human Services' goal of achieving a 70% influenza immunization coverage rate among adults and children by 2020.2 Certain populations including children, the elderly, and people with chronic health conditions are at greater risk of complications from the flu.3 Encourage patients who are at risk of complications from the flu to get a flu shot as soon as they can because it can help reduce their risk of being hospitalized or dying from the flu.4
Flu season is quickly approaching and it is time to make your flu plan. Play your part in achieving this goal by partnering with NVS Influenza Vaccines to host an influenza vaccination clinic in your community. Everything you need to promote influenza in your community, from posters to vaccine information, can be found on this website.
It takes about 2 weeks after you get a flu shot for your body to develop protection against the flu.6 But, no vaccine is 100% effective, so even if you get the flu shot, you may still get the flu.8Getting a flu shot every year helps protect you from the flu and helps prevent its spread to others. When more people get a flu shot, it helps reduce the number of people in the community who get sick from the flu.7