The Race to 200 Million Flu Shots

The Race to 200 Million Flu Shots

Every year, we face a serious threat: the flu.
This year, we’re racing to beat it.

In partnership with the American Nurses Association, we’re calling on you to do your part in the fight against the flu and help us get no less than 200 million Americans vaccinated. Get your flu shot today.

Now More Than Ever

Everyone needs to do their part to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, like flu and COVID-19. Everyone getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during the 2020-2021 flu season to help protect yourself, your family and your community from the flu.

COVID-19 and the flu have similar symptoms.

The flu may be preventable.

You can get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.

Help prevent the flu with a flu shot.

The healthcare system can quickly become overwhelmed.

Frontline workers and hospitals in your region are depending on you to get your flu shot.

Know Your Risk

Anyone can get the flu. But some groups are more at risk for flu-related complications and hospitalizations. Flu vaccination is an important preventative tool for older adults and people with chronic health conditions—even if they are feeling healthy.

Over 50 & Flu

However, in 2017-2018 60% of adults aged 50-64 did not receive a flu shot.

Asthma & Flu

Flu causes inflammation in the airways and lungs, which can trigger asthma attacks. People with asthma are more likely to develop pneumonia after getting the flu than people without asthma.

Heart Disease & Flu

Flu can lead to severe cardiovascular events. A study of 1,227 adults aged 40+ showed a ten times greater risk of a first heart attack within three days following a flu infection. A separate study of 762 adults aged 40+ showed an eight times increase in the likelihood of first stroke.

Diabetes & Flu

Diabetes can make the immune system less able to fight infections—and illnesses can make it harder to control blood sugar. In recent seasons, 30% of adults hospitalized with flu-related complications had diabetes.

Lung Disease & Flu

Flu can exacerbate many lung diseases like COPD, as well as lead to pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.

Getting a Flu Shot Safely

Getting a Flu Shot Safely

Vaccination is the best way to help protect against the flu and there are steps that you can take to feel safe getting one this year. Healthcare providers and pharmacies are instituting new protocols to ensure people feel safe going into the office or clinic space, such as requiring masks, providing temperature checks and decreasing waiting room attendance. But there are also things you can do before and after your visit.

Top 5 tips for staying safe

  • Schedule visit between September and October
  • Wear a mask when attending your appointment for your shot
  • Wash your hands before and after your shot
  • Abide by your local vaccination site protocols
  • Speak with your healthcare provider about quiet hours
  • Things change. Every day, we learn more about COVID-19 and its impact on the flu season. Speak with your healthcare provider and local pharmacy to learn more about their safety precautions.

FAQs

What’s the best time to get a flu shot?

According to the CDC, getting vaccinated in July or August may be too early, especially for older people, because of the likelihood of reduced protection against flu infection later in the flu season. September and October are good times to get vaccinated. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination should continue, even in January or later. It typically takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body to develop antibodies that help provide protection against the flu, so it’s important to get your shot in advance.

Can the vaccine give me the flu?

This is one of the biggest myths about flu shots. Rest assured, flu vaccines do not cause flu illness. Flu shots are either made with inactive flu viruses or a single flu virus gene or protein—neither of which can cause infection.

Why is it so important to get a flu shot?

Getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 will be more important than ever, not only to help reduce the risk from flu but also to help reduce the burden of flu illness, medical visits, hospitalizations and deaths on the healthcare system and conserve medical resources for the care of people afflicted with COVID-19.

Can the flu shot put you more at risk for COVID-19?

There is no evidence showing getting your flu shot will put you at more risk for COVID-19. When getting your flu shot, make sure to wear your mask and abide by the protocols at your vaccination site.

Is it possible to have the flu and COVID-19 at the same time?

Unfortunately, yes, it is possible to get the flu and COVID-19 simultaneously. That’s why it’s so important to get your flu shot this season to reduce your chance of getting the flu.

Will a flu vaccine protect me against COVID-19?

No, flu vaccines do not protect against COVID-19. The good news is that flu vaccinations have many other benefits, like helping to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.

It’s time to help protect against the flu

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