United Against the Flu

Plan to stay healthy this flu season - Get vaccinated today!

December 6-12, 2020 - National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), a national awareness week focused on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination. Help promote the importance of getting your flu shot by learning more and downloading our messages to share with your community.

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, 2019, through April 4, 2020, there have been 410,000 – 740,000 flu hospitalizations, and more than 39 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.

COVID-19 and the Flu – What’s the difference?

According to the CDC, flu and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. Both can spread from person-to-person, and the CDC recommends social distancing, frequent hand-washing and the use of cloth face masks to mitigate infection. Because some of the symptoms of Flu and COVID-19 are similar, testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. You can learn more about other key differences and the most recent available information on COVID-19 and the flu here.

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.

Additional Resources

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC): Get a Flu Shot During COVID-19! - Fact Sheet

Vaccine Supply for 2020-2021 Season - Webpage

Misconceptions About Flu Vaccines - Webpage

Influenza Vaccine: Who Should Get It, and Who Should Not - Fact Sheet

Everyday Preventive Actions that Can Help Fight Germs, Like Flu - Fact Sheet

CDC Digital Media Toolkit: 2020-21 Flu Season – Toolkit

Influenza Resources for Health Care Workers - Webpage

Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)—United States, 2020-21 - Summary

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According to CDC, flu vaccines have reduced hospitalizations by an average of 40%

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People over 65 and people with chronic conditions are at higher risk of flu complications.

It's easy. Get your flu shot. Find a location today at vaccinefinder.org.
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