Fend Off Flu

Working together to increase influenza knowledge and vaccination rates.

Protect Our Higher Risk Communities

Fend Off Flu is an educational campaign with a goal of increasing influenza vaccination rates. Influenza is a serious and highly contagious respiratory illness that can affect anyone, however, there are communities at higher risk of influenza infection and complications. This educational campaign aims to reach those disparately affected and increase influenza knowledge and acceptance.

Workplaces

Keeping workforces well and productive.
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Caregivers of Older Adults

Providing older adults and their caretakers with layers of protection.
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Healthcare Providers

Supporting efforts to educate patients.
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Community

Fend Off Flu education for everyone.
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Workplace Resources

Keeping workforces well and productive.

Promoting Flu Vaccination at the Workplace

A guide for employers to educate their workforce on seasonal influenza (the flu) and the importance of vaccination. Available in English and Spanish.

Take the Pledge to Encourage Flu Vaccination

When it comes to protecting our communities from influenza, everyone has a role to play, including workplaces. Take the pledge to provide flu education encouraging employees to get their flu shots this fall.
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Flu Shot Challenge Poster

Use this poster for a friendly challenge to get to 100%. Meet goal to protect co-workers, customers, and families!
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Smart Flu Prevention Tips for Workplace

See how businesses and organizations can help prevent the spread of flu and other illnesses in the workplace.
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Caregiver Resources

Providing older adults and their caretakers with layers of protection.

Promoting Flu Vaccination for Caregivers of Older Adults

Caregivers, especially within long-term care settings, play a critical role in protecting older adults against flu. Use this guide to learn more about the caregiver’s role to fending off flu.

Be a Flu Vaccine Ambassador

Keep your community safe by becoming a flu vaccine ambassador. Encourage others to get their seasonal flu shot and be the leader your long-term care facility needs.
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Spanish Posters

Use these Spanish-language posters to show the importance of flu vaccination for older adults and caregivers.
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Webinar: The Caregivers Role in Fending Off Flu

Understand why flu vaccination is important for adults at higher risk, the role of caregivers and strategies for making vaccination a priority in long-term care settings.
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Healthcare Provider Resources

Supporting efforts to educate patients.

Webinar: The Critical Role Healthcare Providers Play in Fending Off Influenza (Flu)

The important role healthcare providers play in recommending and referring patients to receive their influenza vaccination.
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Healthcare Providers and Vaccine Confidence

A strong recommendation by a healthcare provider is one of the most impactful factors that influences whether a patient decides to get vaccinated.
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Community Resources

Flu education and awareness materials for everyone.

5 Easy Actions

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Flu viruses are most common in the fall and winter. Take five easy actions to say healthy, such as avoiding close contact with sick people and getting your flu shot!

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Importance of Your Flu Vaccine

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Getting your flu shot is the best way to reduce your risk from influenza. Dr. Jay Balachandran shares how you can Fend Off Flu.

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Test Your Flu Shot Knowledge

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How much do you know about the flu shot?

Influenza or flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. One way to prevent influenza is by getting your flu shot. The flu shot is recommended for everyone 6 months and older and should be received every year.

It is better to get the flu than to get a flu shot.

False.

Flu can be serious especially among young children, older adults and people with chronic medical conditions such as lung disease, heart disease and diabetes. During the 2019-2020 flu season, CDC estimates that 400,000 people were hospitalized and 22,000 people died with flu.

Getting vaccinated may also protect people around you.

True.

When you get your flu shot, you may help stop the spread of disease and protect those more vulnerable to serious flu illness, including babies under six months of age who cannot get a flu shot.

You can't get a flu shot in December

Please indicate vaccination status.

False.

While it is recommended that you receive your vaccination in September or October, later vaccination can still be beneficial. Seasonal flu usually peaks between December and March.

I got the flu after getting my flu shot. The flu shot doesn't work.

Please indicate vaccination status.

False.

Several flu virus strains circulate every flu season, the vaccine includes some but not all the strains circulating. The flu shot is your best protection against flu, it reduces your risk of getting sick and decreases severity of flu illness if you do get sick.

There are many places you can go to receive your flu shot.

Please indicate vaccination status.

True.

Flu shots are offered at physician offices, pharmacies, health departments, health centers, workplaces, community centers and more!

40% of adults received their flu shot at a pharmacy, while another 13% received their flu shot at a local clinic or urgent care, according to a survey conducted on behalf of Anthem, Inc by Suzy*.

*Data collected for the 2021-2022 influenza season from a survey sample of 1,040 participants aged 18-73.

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You got out of 5 correct.

The most effective thing you can do to avoid the flu is to get your flu shot.

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Find a Flu Shot

The flu shot is widely available. Find where to get a flu shot near you.

Flu Education Materials

Free to download, print, share and post in your community, healthcare office and office workspace.

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