High-risk Influenza Immunization Program

Influenza poses serious risks for people with chronic medical conditions.  In addition to exacerbating underlying conditions, influenza can lead to hospitalization and even death. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Lung Association and other leading health authorities recommend annual influenza vaccination for those with chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease and cancer, among others.  Despite these recommendations, vaccination rates among these groups remain low.

The American Lung Association High-risk Influenza Immunization Program provides helpful information and educational materials to medical professionals who may not traditionally offer immunizations within their practice. This educational program is designed to provide materials to practices that want to educate chronically-ill patients about the importance of annual influenza immunization.

The goals of this program are to:

  • Help raise awareness of the low rates and need for patients with chronic medical conditions to get immunized against influenza each and every season
  • Provide specialty practices with patient education/communication resources that will help encourage annual immunization for patients with chronic medical conditions

Program contents include:

  • Poster/flyer highlighting the need for patients with asthma, COPD, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic medical conditions to receive an annual influenza immunization.   Flyer can be posted in your office to remind and encourage patients to seek an influenza immunization. Click here to download a PDF version of the Poster/flyer.
  • Physician Tip Sheet containing important information about influenza and chronic medical conditions. Tip sheet can be used by you and your staff when communicating the importance of annual influenza immunization to high-risk patients. Click here to download a PDF version of the Physician Tip Sheet.
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document. This piece is designed to help you and your staff respond to questions raised by patients about the risks of influenza for people with chronic medical conditions and the benefits of influenza immunization.  Click here to download a PDF version of the FAQs.
  • Dear Patient Letter.   This letter is designed to show your support of influenza immunization for high-risk patients.   You can share this letter with your patients to remind and encourage them to receive an annual influenza vaccination. Click here to download a Word version of the Dear Patient Letter.

This program, made possible with support from Sanofi Pasteur, is available for free and unrestricted use.