Flu Vaccination: Why It Matters and What You Can Do

Influenza can result in serious complications, hospitalization, and death. Annual vaccination is the primary way to help prevent influenza and is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1

Children, the elderly, and people with certain health conditions are at especially high risk2

  • Children under 5 years of age and especially under 2 years of age are at high risk for serious flu complications2
  • 27,000 children under age 5 were hospitalized due to flu complications in the 2019-2020 US influenza season3
  • In recent years, an estimated 70%-85% of seasonal flu-related deaths and 50%-70% of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations have occurred in people 65 years of age and older4
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During the 2019-2020 flu season, vaccination prevented an estimated 7.52 million illnesses, 105,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations, and 6,300 influenza-associated deaths5

CDC data show that in the 2019-2020 flu season, vaccination reached6,a:

48% of adults and 64% of children

a 2019-2020 National Immunization Survey-Flu data (NIS-Flu) and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

Steps you can take to help close the vaccination gap

Make sure patients are aware of your immunization policy

  • Discuss your policy with patients during their visit
  • Post a copy of your policy in your waiting room and on your website

Keep up to date on CDC vaccination recommendations

  • CDC publishes new vaccination schedules every February, and influenza seasonal guidance for the US prior to each flu season every August
  • As updated immunization guidance becomes available, share this information with your patients

Take every opportunity to vaccinate

  • Identify patients who have missed wellness visits and schedule appointments
  • Take advantage of holiday breaks, wellness visits, and other vaccine appointments to recommend flu vaccination

Remain persistent in your vaccination efforts

  • Use reminder and recall systems and health records to check for patients who may have missed vaccinations
  • Continue vaccination throughout flu season as long as the spread of flu remains prevalent

3 ways to order or prebook

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Call 1-855-475-4QIV (4748)

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Online at GSKDirect.com 

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