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.

Healthcare Providers

Supporting efforts to educate patients.

Workplaces

Keeping workforces well and productive.

Older Adults

Providing older adults and their caretakers with layers of protection.

5 Easy Actions

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!

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

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Facts about the 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.

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

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Six Facts About Flu Shots

The flu shot is the best protection against the flu

Everyone 6 months and older should get their flu shot

You should receive a flu shot every year

You cannot get the flu from the flu shot

Flu shots help you feel less sick and recover faster if you get infected with flu

Getting the flu shot may also protect people around you from getting sick

Employers: 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.

Toolkits

Promoting Flu Vaccination at the Workplace

A guide for employers to educate their workforce on seasonal influenza (the flu) and the importance of vaccination.
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Flu Education Materials

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

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