WebMD® says, on average, 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population will get the flu each year. Of those, 200,000 people are hospitalized, and somewhere between 3,000 and 49,000 die of flu-related complications. Flu-related hospitalization and outpatient visits cost $10.4 billion annually. Yet only 46 percent of Americans get the flu shot each year.
As healthcare providers, you know the risks of the flu and the potential benefits of vaccination. This e-newsletter offers tips on fighting the flu through education, flu vaccination clinics and employer-sponsored flu-shot days.
The flu is an inevitable part of the upcoming season. But healthcare providers can do their part to minimize it by promoting and educating patients on the potential benefits of the flu vaccination. Good luck, and stay healthy!
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