Flu Shot Fridays: New 2021-22 Flu Campaign!
FLU SHOT FRIDAYS IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION (ANA) AND SANOFI PASTEUR* TO IGNITE URGENCY AROUND FLU VACCINATION, ESPECIALLY AMONG THOSE 50+ AND THOSE AT THE HIGHEST RISK FOR FLU COMPLICATIONS.
Learn more about the FLUSHOTFRIDAYS campaign here.
Despite the low incidence of influenza last season, we know that the flu will come back each and every year (6,18). After 18+ months of restrictions, anxiety and uncertainty, we all need time to prioritize ourselves and our well-being. That’s why we need Flu Shot Fridays.
Each year, less than half of the nearly 330 million eligible Americans get a flu vaccine (8). While anyone can get the flu, certain groups are at increased risk of flu related infection and complications (10). Some of these high-risk individuals include anyone who has a chronic health condition (even if these conditions are under control), young children, pregnant women and older adults (9).
GETTING THE FLU VACCINE IS SOMETHING TO BE CELEBRATED. LET’S REWARD OURSELVES FOR GETTING THE FLU SHOT AND PRIORITIZE PROTECTING OURSELVES AND OUR LOVED ONES FROM THE FLU (6).
Getting a flu vaccine may help reduce the burden on the healthcare system and:
• Help prevent unwanted sick days due to the flu.
• Help keep you and your loved ones out of the medical setting because of the flu (6).
• Help conserve medical resources (6).
• Help protect front-line healthcare workers and their efforts to care for our communities (6).
HERE’S A FEW IDEAS ON HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE AND SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF FLU VACCINATION:
ENGAGE WITH FLU SHOT FRIDAY CONTENT
Visit FluShotFridays.com to learn more about the importance of flu vaccination, discover where you can get a flu shot near your home and find tips on how to safely get vaccinated (24). Whether on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, hit that share button. The more you share the campaign content, the more others will see it!
PARTICIPATE IN FLU SHOT FRIDAYS
Whether it’s celebrating your own Flu Shot Friday (or any day) or encouraging patients to take the opportunity to take “me time” and get the flu shot, every shot counts. Let’s avoid being stuck in bed sick with the flu and help protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our community from the flu and its potential complications.
USE THE TOOLKIT MATERIALS
Toolkit materials include:
• Talking points about the campaign
• Social media posts and associated graphics to share through your channels
• Newsletter blurbs to include in printed and e-newsletters
• Two designed posters that you can print and hang up in clinics, offices, or other flu-vaccination sites
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN OR HOW TO GET INVOLVED? DO YOU HAVE OTHER IDEAS FOR CAMPAIGN ACTIVATIONS?
Contact Holly Carpenter, email@example.com or Keziah Proctor firstname.lastname@example.org
*Sanofi Pasteur is the vaccines global business unit of Sanofi.
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Flu and heart disease & stroke. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/highrisk/ heartdisease.htm. Accessed June 2021.
2. American Lung Association. What Is The Connection Between Influenza and Pneumonia? Available at: https://www.lung.org/ lung-health-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/pneumonia/what-is-the-connection. Accessed June 2021.
3. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Influenza (flu) How Well Flu Vaccines Work. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/ vaccines-work/vaccineeffect.htm. Accessed June 2021.
4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/ weekly/index.htm. Accessed June 2021.
5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Interim Guidance for Routine and Influenza Immunization Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Available here: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pandemic-guidance/index.html. Accessed June 2021.
6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/ prevent/keyfacts.htm#:~:text=An%20annual%20seasonal%20flu%20vaccine,flu%2Drelated%20death%20in%20children. Accessed June 2021.
7. “US Ethics Ratings Rise for Medical Workers and Teachers,” Gallup News, 22 December 2020. Available at: https://news.gallup. com/poll/328136/ethics-ratings-rise-medical-workers-teachers.aspx. Accessed August 2021.
8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Flu Vaccination Coverage, United States, 2019-20 Influenza Season. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/fluvaxview/coverage-1920estimates.htm. Accessed August 2021.
9. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, People at High Risk for Flu Complications. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/ highrisk/index.htm. Accessed June 2021.
10. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Influenza (flu) What You Need to Know. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/ keyfacts.htm. Accessed June 2021.
11. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Influenza (flu) Flu Symptoms & Complications). Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/ flu/symptoms/symptoms.htm. Accessed June 2021. 12. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Flu Disparities Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups. Available at: https://www. cdc.gov/flu/highrisk/disparities-racial-ethnic-minority-groups.html. Accessed June 2021.
13. World Health Organization. Recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2021- 2022 northern hemisphere influenza season. Available at: https://cdn.who.int/media/docs/default-source/influenza/202102_recommendation. pdf?sfvrsn=8639f6be_3&download=true. Accessed June 2021.
14. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. WG Considerations and Proposed Flu Vaccine Recommendations, 2021-22. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/rr/rr6908a1.htm. Accessed July 2021.
15. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Percent of U.S. Adults 55 and Over with Chronic Conditions. Available at: https:// www.cdc.gov/nchs/health_policy/adult_chronic_conditions.htm. Accessed June 2021.
16. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Who Should and Who Should NOT Get a Flu Vaccine. Available at: https://www.cdc. gov/flu/prevent/whoshouldvax.htm. Accessed August 2021.
17. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Who Needs a Flu Vaccine & When. Available here: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/ vaccinations.htm#when. Accessed June 2021.
18. University of Chicago Medicine. Where does the flu come from every year? Available at: https://www.uchicagomedicine.org/ forefront/biological-sciences-articles/where-does-the-flu-come-from-every-year. Accessed June 2021.
19. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Estimated Influenza Illnesses, Medical visits, Hospitalizations, and Deaths in the United States - 2019-2020 Influenza Season. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/2019-2020.html. Accessed August 2021.
20. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Flu & People with Asthma. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/highrisk/asthma. htm. Accessed August 2021
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