Get a Flu Shot: Protect Your Patients, Yourself and Family

Influenza-related illness can be severe. Between 1976 and 2006, annual deaths associated with the flu ranged from 3,000 to 49,000 people.  As a physician leader, consider the valuable steps you can take to prevent influenza in your community. This includes getting an annual flu shot, which is recognized as the single most effective influenza prevention strategy. You also can encourage your colleagues and staff to get vaccinated.

Promote Vaccination in Your Office With These TMA Resources

TMA has the tools to help you encourage all health care workers to get vaccinated against the flu: 

Other Resources and Toolkits for Influenza Vaccination

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a list of resources on health care worker vaccination that includes recommendations on specific vaccines, infection control guidelines, and Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports.
  • Texas Department of State Health Services works with CDC in planning and implementing influenza vaccination services in Texas.
  • Prevent Influenza Now! This site maintains a list of online toolkits aimed at health care worker vaccination and outlines best practices for programs including influenza vaccination rates. The website is sponsored by the National Influenza Vaccine Summit, which includes the American Medical Association.
  • Health Care Personnel Initiative to Improve Influenza Vaccination and Toolkit. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ online resource includes articles, and fact sheets, and posters aimed at promoting health care worker vaccination.
  • Protect Your Patients. Protect Yourself” toolkit. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. offers the “Protect Your Patients. Protect Yourself” online toolkit. Resources include an immunization program checklist, sample education materials, and sample declination forms.
  • Providing a Safer Environment for Health Care Personnel and Patients through Influenza Vaccination (PDF). The Joint Commission created this 104-page manual, which includes information about influenza, barriers to successful vaccination initiatives, and examples of successful vaccination programs. 
  • Immunization Healthcare Personnel Against Influenza, a Report on Best Practices (PDF). This report came out of a National Foundation for Infectious Diseases-sponsored roundtable discussion in 2007. Participants included the American Medical Association, CDC, and the Joint Commission. The report includes an outline of models that work and case studies of effective vaccination programs.  

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Last Updated On

April 26, 2018

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