5 resources to promote flu shots in adults over 65

With flu season around the corner, it's important for providers to educate vulnerable patients about the flu vaccine.

Adults over the age of 65 account for 50 percent to 70 percent of all flu-related hospitalizations in the United States. Additionally, 85 percent of flu-related deaths in the nation occur among this population, according to a Wednesday blogpost from the National Foundation for Infectious Disease.

Here are five NFID resources healthcare professionals can utilize to communicate the importance of flu vaccination to older adult patients.

1. Fact sheet: This resource on influenza in older adults can be printed out and distributed to patients.

2. Infographic: This NFID resource can be shared on social media and organizational websites.

3. Poster: This true-false poster on flu facts for older adults can be printed and posted inside healthcare facilities.

4. Email Template: This downloadable email template can help healthcare professionals draft emails to patients over the age of 65 to encourage them to come in for a flu shot.

5. On-hold script: This resource can help facilitate a conversation about the flu vaccine among patients calling the organization.  

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