Flu & Vaccines

When you connect the dots, it’s easier to see the bigger picture. Your flu shot does more than simply protect you from influenza; it stops you from spreading the virus to the children you care for and their family members, the elderly, colleagues, and friends.

Kids are more vulnerable than adults. Their immune systems are more delicate, yet more likely to be exposed to viruses. The best way to prevent them from catching the flu is to get them immunized. Families look to healthcare professionals to help them make good choices about their health and well-being. So let’s motivate parents to ensure their children get a flu shot.

Let kids be kids

Our primary goal is to help people lead healthy lives. Our patients, our families, our friends and even our colleagues rely on us to help them make good choices about their health. By motivating parents to get their children vaccinated, we make sure that kids don’t need to miss school or stop having fun with their friends because of the flu

Our work makes us more likely to catch the flu. Day in, day out, there’s a risk of being exposed to the infection. A flu shot helps us protect ourselves… so we don’t spread the virus to the children we care for.

Seasonal flu is a serious illness

If you think the flu is not a serious illness, think again:
  • Each year it attacks up to 1 in 10 adults and twice as many children.
  • Influenza is responsible for an average of 250,000 and 500,000 deaths annually.
  • Most complications and deaths are among the people most likely to come in contact with healthcare professionals: the young, elderly, chronically ill, and pregnant patients

Why is immunization so important?

Flu vaccines do work. They are already between 70 and 90% effective at preventing the flu in adults – and are improving all the time. Flu vaccinations already save 25,000 lives each year and prevent millions of flu cases.

Research has shown increased vaccination rates reduce attack numbers. Furthermore, vaccinating children has an additional benefit of indirectly protecting their households and communities. Routine influenza vaccination of children 6-23 months old at low risk is projected to avert 108 influenza events per 1000.So if kids get immunized, they can spend more time with their families and friends, simply being their mischievous selves instead of being hospitalized for the flu or spending unnecessary time seeing a general practitioner.

Will you join us in making the flu a thing of the past?
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