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Seasonal Flu

During this unprecedented time and as we enter cold and flu season, we are all acutely aware of the importance of preventing respiratory illnesses such as influenza (flu).

As part of Ventegra's commitment to helping you keep your employees, members, or patients healthy, and keeping the cost of health care affordable, we are providing you with this flu resource kit.

All the materials in this flu tool kit were curated from nationally recognized organizations. They have also been reviewed by our clinical pharmacy team, with guidance provided by infectious disease specialists.

To get you started, please see that we have provided a helpful answers to frequently asked questions, followed by resources for your immediate use.

Frequently Asked Questions

Because it keeps people healthy and saves lives! Every year, flu vaccination prevents illnesses, medical visits, hospitalizations, and deaths. Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and other diseases.

Vaccinating pregnant women helps protect them from flu illness and hospitalization. It has also been shown to help protect the baby from flu infection for several months after birth, before the baby can be vaccinated. While some people who get vaccinated still get sick, flu vaccination has been shown in several studies to reduce the severity of illness.

There is NO COST – under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), preventive care services, like influenza (flu) vaccine, is provided to the patient at no cost.

Tip: Reminding everyone that this is a no-cost vaccine may lead to greater rates of vaccination.

No. The vaccine only works for the flu, but the flu and COVID-19 are respiratory viruses, and depending on their severity, they can lead to hospitalization and the use of similar treatment interventions. The symptoms of flu can be difficult to distinguish from COVID-19 and so getting vaccinated and preventing influenza illness will help avoid visits to healthcare providers or hospitals and the anxiety that goes with it.

Tip: Underscore the importance of receiving the flu vaccine by putting into broader perspective. Having a surge in flu illness, coupled with COVID-19, has the serious potential to overwhelm our U.S. health care system, similar or far worse than what we have experienced to-date with COVID-19 cases alone.

Yes. The preventive hygiene and other measures such as hand and respiratory hygiene, avoiding those who are sick, wearing a face mask, and disinfecting surfaces work for both flu and COVID-19.

Tip: Remind everyone that the exception is the flu vaccine, which only works for influenza.


Suggestions for Sharing This Information

Using frequent and multiple channels for communications is more effective than a one and done approach. Consider the following options.

You may choose to have it originate from a leadership member or healthcare professional to lend it credibility and earnestness. Download this sample message to get started.

Create and place a banner on flu vaccination and a link to the educational resources included above.

Place posters/flyers/banners on flu prevention in high traffic areas of your business/organization such as the Cover Your Cough posters from the CDC.

Create a sense of timeliness and importance by adding it to your next meeting agenda– a high-priority agenda item for department meeting or other team meetings. Ask your department leads to review with their team preventive measures and the importance of flu vaccinations. Include locations where they can get a flu vaccination, if appropriate. Consider sharing slides with this information.

Craft a voice-mail blast using the voice of a well-known leadership member or healthcare professional on the importance of flu vaccination, how to get vaccinated, and where to find educational material to support their outreach efforts.

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