Flu Vaccination Digital Ambassadors Create Flu Prevention Dialogue through Multi-Day Facebook Forums
CDC co-hosted three multi-day Facebook Forums with three Flu Vaccination Digital Ambassadors during the 2014-2015 flu season, in an effort to address consumers’ flu questions directly. A Place for Mom, Vaccinate Your Baby (the Facebook page of Every Child By Two and Shot of Prevention), and LIVESTRONG were the digital ambassadors who co-hosted these events. Together, the Forums generated 270 questions and comments, 1,540 likes, and 528 shares via 17 posts on the partnering hosts’ Facebook page timelines.
Forum posts not only provided vital flu prevention information, but also invited the public to ask questions. CDC’s Influenza Division provided responses that hosts shared with participants, thus creating a real-time dialogue with a large consumer audience. The longer lifespan of a Facebook post versus a message on Twitter also enabled users to revisit conversations and continue a dialogue across multiple posts throughout the Forum.
The three Forum hosts have a combined Facebook following of more than 1.8 million people (as of April 2015). Each reaches an audience at high risk for serious flu complications, including older adults (65+) and their caregivers; pregnant women and caregivers of young children; and cancer patients and survivors. Hosts promoted their Forums on other social media platforms and blogs, and flu vaccination partners joined in the promotion and discussion too—even jumping in to address participant questions themselves.
Do you have questions about these Facebook Forums? If so, please contact Julie Yegen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit Your Success Story!
Submit the following information to email@example.com to have your success story featured here!
- Write a 250 word (maximum) description of your success story including name of organization, any collaborating organizations, when the event took place (either last flu season or this flu season only), and any evaluation taken from the activity.
- Include a minimum of (1-2) pictures of the event. Acceptable file formats include JPG, GIF, and PNG. Preferred size at least 500 by 300 pixels (or larger).
- Include contact information in case CDC follow up is needed. Please let us know if we can share your contact information within your success story in case other organizations would like to partner with you for future events.
- Page last reviewed: May 6, 2015
- Page last updated: May 6, 2015
- Content source:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)
- Page maintained by: Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs