Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Director of the Center for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at CDC disscusses the importance of everyone 6 months and older getting vaccinated against flu to reduce the overall burden of respiratory illness, protect vulnerable populations, and decrease burden on the healthcare system this season. Flu vaccination is escpecially important for the 2020-2021 flu season, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Flu vaccines will not prevent COVID-19, but they will reduce the burden of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths on the health care system and conserve scarce medical resources for the care of people with COVID-19.
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Get Your Flu Vaccine [4 MB, 4 min 16 sec]
Flu season is here and it’s time for most of us to get vaccinated. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people in the US get influenza and several thousand die from the disease. In this podcast, Dr. Erin Kennedy discusses the importance of getting an annual flu vaccine.
Preventing Flu During Pregnancy (A Minute of Health with CDC) [1 MB, 59 sec]
During the influenza season, pregnant women and infants under 6 months old are especially susceptible to severe complications from the flu.
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Preventing Flu During Pregnancy (A Cup of Health with CDC) [3 MB, 2 min 58 sec]
During the influenza season, pregnant women and infants under 6 months old are especially susceptible to severe complications from the flu. The seasonal flu vaccination is the best way to protect both mother and baby. In this podcast Dr. Stacie Greby discusses the importance of pregnant women receiving the flu vaccine.
Continue to Vaccinate Patients and Staff Against the Flu [3 MB, 5 min 14 sec]
This podcast is a reminder to health care providers about the importance of annual flu vaccination—it’s not too late! Health care providers should get their flu vaccine and continue offering and encouraging flu vaccination among their staff, colleagues, and patients.
Wes Studi: Take 3 PSA (:60) [2 MB, 1 min]
Actor Wes Studi (Last of the Mohicans, Avatar) highlights 3 steps to prevent getting and spreading the flu: 1. Get vaccinated every year 2. Stop the spread of germs 3. Take antivirals if prescribed.