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Sample Social Media Content

Use these Tweets and Facebook messages on your social media platforms to spread the word about flu prevention in your community.

Twitter: Samples Tweets

Click the share button next to each message to automatically post this message to twitter. Or copy and paste into your twitter feed to share flu vaccination messages with your followers.

General

  • Are you sick with flu? Stay home and avoid close contact with others, except if you need medical care. Prescription drugs called “antivirals” can lessen symptoms and prevent complications, if started early. https://go.usa.gov/xnHJh Share on Twitter
  • Here’s what to do if you get sick with flu: http://bit.ly/2m6lwaM Share on Twitter
  • Seasonal flu activity has been intense this season. Here are 6 things you need to know about this flu season. ow.ly/iYF830id19s Share on Twitter
  • #FluTip: Help stop the spread of flu viruses at home, work and school with these 6 health habits: https://go.usa.gov/xnHSc Share on Twitter
  • Most people with flu will have mild illness and do not need medical care. However, stay alert for emergency warning signs of flu sickness, such as difficulty breathing. http://bit.ly/2m6lwaM Share on Twitter
  • Is it a cold or #flu? Both are respiratory illnesses, but are caused by different viruses that may require special diagnostic tests. Learn some of the differences between cold and flu. http://bit.ly/2yNjaCM Share on Twitter
  • Complications from flu can include pneumococcal pneumonia. Pneumococcal vaccines can help prevent severe disease, hospitalization, and death. Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xnHSa Share on Twitter

Parents

  • Each year, flu places a large burden on the health and well-being of children and their families. Here’s what parents need to know: https://go.usa.gov/xnHSC Share on Twitter
  • Flu is more dangerous than the common cold for children. Parents and caregivers: here’s what you need to know to protect the children in your life. https://go.usa.gov/xnHSC Share on Twitter
  • Did you know children younger than 5 years are at high risk of serious flu complications? Parents, learn how you can protect your little ones with these resources. https://go.usa.gov/xnHSC Share on Twitter
  • Flu germs spread when sick people sneeze or cough. Kids can learn more facts from Ready Wrigley’s adventure: https://go.usa.gov/xnHSr Share on Twitter
  • Did you know flu antiviral drugs can treat flu and can be taken by children? More information: https://go.usa.gov/xnHSY Share on Twitter

Older Adults (Age 65+)

  • During most seasons, people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease. Take 4 actions to protect yourself this flu season. https://go.usa.gov/xRpts Share on Twitter
  • Did you know? Human immune defenses become weaker with age, placing some aged 65+ at greater risk of flu related complications. https://go.usa.gov/xRpts Share on Twitter
  • Are you 65+ and experiencing flu symptoms? Seek medical advice quickly to see whether you might need medical evaluation or treatment with antiviral drugs. More tips: https://go.usa.gov/xRpts Share on Twitter
  • CDC recommends flu vaccination as long as flu viruses are circulating. There are 2 flu shot options designed specifically for people 65+; both aim to create a better immune https://go.usa.gov/xRpts Share on Twitter
  • Pneumococcal pneumonia is a serious flu-related complication that can cause death. CDC recommends adults 65+ receive one or more pneumococcal vaccines. Talk to your doctor about which vaccines are best for you. https://go.usa.gov/xnHSa Share on Twitter

People with Chronic Medical Conditions

  • Flu is serious and can be especially dangerous for people at high risk of flu-related complications. See if you are at high risk, and take steps to protect yourself and loved ones. https://go.usa.gov/xRptu Share on Twitter
  • The most common underlying medical conditions among children hospitalized with flu are asthma and neurologic conditions. Learn ways to protect your kids from flu. https://go.usa.gov/xRptu Share on Twitter
  • Do you have flu symptoms? Seek medical care promptly if you are very sick or are at high risk of flu complications. https://go.usa.gov/xRptu Share on Twitter
  • If you have flu and are at high risk of serious flu complications, treatment with an antiviral drug can mean the difference between having a milder illness and having a very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay: https://go.usa.gov/xnHJh Share on Twitter
  • Flu can make some chronic medical conditions worse even if well managed, such as diabetes. CDC recommends flu vaccination as long as flu viruses are circulating. https://go.usa.gov/xRptu Share on Twitter
  • Older children and adults younger than 65 years old who are at increased risk for getting pneumococcal disease many also need to be vaccinated. Learn who is at high risk here: https://go.usa.gov/xnHSa Share on Twitter

Health Care Providers

  • CDC Health Advisory to clinicians: Flu antiviral drugs work best when treatment is started as soon as possible after symptom onset. https://go.usa.gov/xnHS4 Share on Twitter
  • Health care providers are trusted sources of health info. Stay informed on the latest antiviral recommendations. https://go.usa.gov/xnHSW Share on Twitter
  • Clinicians: See CDC’s latest COCA call for updates and clinical guidance on the 2017-18 flu season. https://go.usa.gov/xnHSB Share on Twitter
  • Stay up-to-date with CDC’s flu telebriefings on the 2017-2018 flu season. https://go.usa.gov/xnHSX Share on Twitter
  • Clinicians: CDC recommends that if you suspect flu in a severely ill or high-risk patient, don’t wait for the results of a flu test before beginning antiviral treatment. Antiviral drugs work better the earlier you begin treatment. https://go.usa.gov/xnHS5 Share on Twitter

LAIV Recommendation

  • For the 2nd year, CDC says nasal spray #flu vaccine (FluMist) should not be used during the 2017-18 flu season. (August 2017 MMWR link) Share on Twitter
  • CDC & ACIP recommend yearly #flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older with flu shots. (August 2017 MMWR link) #FightFlu Share on Twitter

Facebook: Sample Posts

Copy and paste into your Facebook newsfeed to share flu vaccination messages with your followers.

General

  • Take these 3 actions to #FightFlu this season:
    1. Get a flu shot.
    2. Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.
    3. Take antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.
      https://go.usa.gov/xRpeJ
  • Influenza (flu) is a serious disease that causes hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and tens of thousands of deaths in the United States each year. Here’s what to do if you or a loved one becomes sick with flu this season: http://bit.ly/2m6lwaM
  • CDC recommends flu antiviral drugs to treat illness in people who are very sick with flu and those at high risk of serious flu complications. http://bit.ly/2mGGASi
  • Flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. It can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone and may require special diagnostic tests. Learn some of the differences between cold and flu: http://bit.ly/2yNjaCM

Parents

  • While flu vaccination is the most important way to prevent influenza, antiviral drugs are the most important way to treat influenza infection. Studies have shown that early treatment with a flu antiviral drug can shorten the duration of fever and illness symptoms, and can reduce the risk of serious flu complications. Protect yourself and your family against flu with these tips: https://go.usa.gov/xnHSN
  • Flu can be a serious disease for children of all ages and lead to hospitalization or, in rare cases, death. CDC estimates that since 2010, flu-related hospitalizations in children younger than 5 years have ranged from 7,000 to 26,000 children. Protect your family from flu this season. https://go.usa.gov/xnHSN
  • Flu is more dangerous than the common cold for children. Parents and caregivers: here’s what you need to know to protect the children in your life. https://go.usa.gov/xnHSC

Older Adults (Age 65+)

  • Are you 65 years or older and experiencing flu symptoms? Seek medical advice quickly to see whether you might need medical evaluation or treatment with antiviral drugs. https://go.usa.gov/xRpts
  • While flu seasons can differ in severity, during most seasons, people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease. People 65 years and older are at risk of having serious complications from the flu because human immune defenses become weaker with age. If you or a loved one is 65 years or older, here’s what you should know: https://go.usa.gov/xRpts
  • Pneumococcal pneumonia is a serious flu-related complication that can cause death. CDC recommends adults 65+ receive one or more pneumococcal vaccines. Talk to your doctor about which vaccines are best for you. https://go.usa.gov/xnHSa

People with Chronic Medical Conditions

  • Some people are more likely to have serious flu complications that can result in hospitalization or even death. Learn who is at high risk for flu-related complications here: https://go.usa.gov/xRptu
  • Diabetes, asthma, and heart disease (even well managed) are among the most common long-term medical conditions that put people at high risk for serious flu complications. If you are at high-risk of complications from flu and have flu symptoms, seek medical care promptly as you may need antiviral treatment. https://go.usa.gov/xRptu
  • Children with neurologic disorders are at high risk of developing serious complications if they get flu. CDC recommends that caregivers of children with neurologic disorders make sure these children get a flu shot. If flu symptoms appear, they should seek medical attention quickly since prompt treatment with flu antiviral drugs is recommended. https://go.usa.gov/xnHSn

Health Care Providers

  • Clinicians: CDC recommends that if you suspect flu in a severely ill or high-risk patient, don’t wait for the results of a flu test before beginning antiviral treatment. Antiviral drugs work better the earlier you begin treatment; prompt action is key. http://bit.ly/2DyDt5T
  • CDC Health Advisory underscores the importance of early flu antiviral treatment in people at high risk of serious flu complications and hospitalized patients with flu. https://go.usa.gov/xnHS4
  • Influenza-related hospitalization rates so far in the 2017–2018 season are exceeding milestones set during the 2014–2015 season—a high severity, H3N2-predominant season. In the latest COCA call, CDC flu experts addressed clinical issues for flu patients, including those with severe disease, and provided the latest updates on the 2017-2018 influenza season. View here: https://go.usa.gov/xnHSB

LAIV Recommendation

  • For the second year, LAIV, also known as FluMist® is not recommended for use. Many other flu vaccine options are available for the 2017-18 flu season: https://go.usa.gov/xRpzU
  • CDC and ACIP continue to recommend annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older. (August 2017 MMWR link)

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