Influenza Immunization Campaign
As healthcare professionals, our patients expect the very best from us; they trust us to do everything we can to protect them. But if we’re not vaccinated against influenza, the sick, elderly, children and pregnant women we care for are at risk of catching this potentially deadly, but preventable, disease directly from us. So why are immunization rates amongst healthcare workers so low – as low as 40% in the USA, for example? Is it the misconception that we cannot get infected or spread the disease ourselves, or simply the fear of side effects from the shot?
It’s critically important – an ethical obligation – that we protect our patients against influenza. And the most effective and efficient way of preventing outbreaks is through our own pre-exposure immunization. Getting an annual shot can reduce influenza infections between you and your colleagues by 88% and reduce mortality among your patients by a very significant 50%.
Staggeringly, influenza causes between 250,000 and 500,000 deaths worldwide each year. And the risk of a severe, prolonged illness – and even death – is highest among the people with weakened immune systems we care for: the elderly, young children, patients with underlying medical conditions, and pregnant women.
To address the paradox of preventing this easily preventable disease, we have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of getting the influenza vaccination each year. This short campaign video reminds us that if we don’t look after ourselves, then we can’t look after our patients.
Doctors tell doctors: "Get your flu shot"
Interview with Vaccines Today by Dr. Téa Collins is also avaiable here.
Survey on Influenza Immunization Practices
Prior to launching the campaign, we surveyed our member associations. How aware are you of the importance of influenza immunization? Click here to find out if your colleagues are as aware.