Together Against Flu

Covid-19 has shown us the importance of protecting those most at risk of serious complications from influenza and other respiratory diseases.

While the single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, immunisation coverage around the globe is far below where they need to be.

Our #TogetherAgainstFlu online campaign aims to keep raising awareness of the importance of flu vaccinations for healthcare workers, older adults and patients living with chronic conditions.

We’re calling on health stakeholders, patient and advocacy organisations, opinion leaders and decision-makers to partner in sharing these campaign messages with their audiences. Our evidence-based messages aim to support their own advocacy for the prevention and control of seasonal influenza.

 

The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us a lot. Amongst other things, we’ve learnt about the importance of protecting the most vulnerable people in our societies, particularly older adults and patients with underlying medical conditions.

We need to improve influenza vaccination rates and, in doing so, reduce the burden of influenza disease nationally, regionally and globally. That’s why the IFPMA, IFA and FIP have joined forces to develop a common basis for a network communication strategy around influenza vaccination.

We’ve been working on our #TogetherAgainstFlu online campaign, together with the digital agency ZN. The objective is to keep raising awareness of the importance of flu vaccination and herd immunity for healthcare workers, older adults and patients living with chronic conditions, such as respiratory and heart diseases.

We are taking a network approach to reach these audiences. Evidence-based messages targeted at different stakeholders, opinion leaders and decision-makers will support their advocacy for implementation of existing recommendations for the prevention and control of seasonal influenza.

And we are looking to expand our influenza network. We are looking for other groups/organizations to partner with us in sharing the campaign messages across their audiences.

Join the influenza network. Help us spread us the messages around the importance of flu vaccination.

#TogetherAgainstFlu

Severe influenza illness is more common in adults with chronic medical conditions. Older and immunocompromised people are also more vulnerable. The risk of flu-related complications and hospitalization in adults age 65 years and older is particularly high.

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. We need a flu vaccine every season because our immune protection declines over time and because flu viruses are constantly changing.

The benefits of vaccination substantially outweigh the risks. Flu vaccines are safe and effective. Adverse event following influenza vaccination are generally localized and mild – and far less common than complications related to influenza itself.

Sudden high fever

is a key symptom of the flu

Older people

are particularly vulnerable

Flu vaccination

is the best way to prevent flu

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