Flu Shot Friday℠
Get vaccinated today!
Flu Shot Friday℠ is an education initiative of Respiratory Health Association® and its partners to promote flu immunizations to achieve a healthier public and a healthier workforce. During flu immunization season each fall, we encourage our media partners to remind their viewers to get their flu shots—“make this a Flu Shot Friday℠.” And we encourage participating employers to arrange for a provider to deliver on-site flu shots or to allow their workers a little extra time on a Flu Shot Friday to get their flu shots. This will assure a healthier workforce and reduce transmission of influenza through the workplace—do it for yourself; do it for your co-workers!
It is estimated that 10-20% of the US population contracts the flu virus every year. Influenza infections are associated with 200,000 hospitalizations and thousands of deaths in the US every year. Although people living with asthma and other chronic lung diseases are not more likely to get the flu, the consequences of influenza can be more severe for people living with lung disease.
Despite these statistics, millions of people in Illinois go un-vaccinated every year. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. This is the first and most important step in protecting against the influenza virus. It is also recommended to get vaccinated soon after flu vaccine becomes available to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating in the community, it’s never too late to get vaccinated. You can help protect your loved ones from getting the flu by encouraging them to get vaccinated.
Flu vaccines are available at many locations throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, including many grocery stores and pharmacies. For certain population groups, flu vaccine may be available in a nasal form (no shot required). For more information, speak with your pharmacist or healthcare provider.
To learn more about protecting you and your loved ones from the flu contact
Amy O'Rourke or call 312-628-0217.