Communicating the Benefits of Influenza Vaccine During COVID-19

We’ve released the latest rendition of our Communicating the Benefits of Influenza Vaccine During COVID-19 handout with the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC). The handout includes updated recommendations on the co-administration of flu and COVID-19 vaccines and tips for discussing flu vaccine with patients.

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Influenza (flu) severity varies from year to year, but flu season always brings serious consequences.

Flu outbreaks were limited in the 2020–2022 seasons due to widespread use of COVID-19 prevention measures like masks and social distancing. But flu viruses never went completely away. As COVID-19 prevention measures were relaxed, flu viruses and flu-related complications like pneumonia and heart attacks resurfaced. Flu outbreaks are unpredictable; vaccination is the best preparation for any influenza season.

Flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu and its complications.

Everyone age 6 months and older is recommended to get a yearly flu vaccine. This can markedly lower the risk of influenza-related illness, hospitalization, and death. And because flu and COVID-19 share many symptoms, preventing flu means fewer people will need to seek medical care and testing for flu and COVID-19, saving time, money, and stress. Flu vaccine may be given at the same time as COVID-19 vaccine. Take advantage of every opportunity to make a strong recommendation for flu vaccinations to your patients.

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