Flu Prevention

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at higher risk of serious flu complications. The best way to reduce the risk of flu and its potentially serious complications is by getting vaccinated each year.

Flu Vaccination Decision-Making Guide:

In shared decision-making, healthcare providers and patients work together to make the best possible healthcare decisions. These decisions consider fact-based information about available options, the clinician’s knowledge and experience, and the patient’s values, questions, and preferences.

Guides include:

  • Sample questions and talking points providers and patients can use to encourage shared decision-making
  • A fillable planning form to document shared decision-making conversations
  • Patient education handout written in plain language and with engaging visuals

Check Out Other Flu-Related Initiatives

Move with the Mayor Flu Vaccination Campaign  – PSAs by mayors encouraging community members to get their flu shots

Million Hearts Collaboration Flu Campaign – PSAs by providers including cardiology, internal medicine, pharmacy, and nursing on the linkage between cardiovascular risk factors and flu

AARP’s “Why Should I Get the High-Dose Flu Shot” – Did you know the high-dose flu vaccine has four times the antigen than the standard vaccine? Hear how this improves your protection.

Cleveland Clinic’s “Protect Yourself From Not Only the Flu — But Heart Attack and Stroke” – video shares how getting a seasonal flu shot can significantly lower your risk of having a heart attack or cardiac arrest, especially if you’re in a high-risk group.