Do You Know the Dangers of Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 among Individuals with Chronic Health Conditions?
Influenza (flu) is a contagious and potentially deadly virus that can result in serious complications for individuals living with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, even when chronic conditions are well-managed. Millions of US adults live with one or more common chronic health conditions, which significantly increases their risk of influenza-related complications, including hospitalization, progressive disability, and even death. Furthermore, the majority of flu-related deaths and hospitalizations occur in older adults (age 65 years and older)—the individuals most likely to be living with chronic health conditions.
To make matters worse, there is a new, co-circulating threat—COVID-19—that is amplifying the risks faced by this vulnerable population. This has created an urgent need to raise awareness of the burden of flu and COVID-19 in adults with chronic health conditions.
Although there is not an approved COVID-19 vaccine in the US, annual flu vaccination has proven to be safe and effective in protecting patients with chronic health conditions from severe flu-related outcomes. Yet, annual flu vaccination rates remain low in these patients. Healthcare professionals play a key role in communicating the benefits of annual flu vaccination in mitigating the risks of flu and reducing severe flu-related outcomes in patients with chronic health conditions.
To learn more about the connection between flu, COVID-19, and chronic health conditions, and to download free resources to help improve annual flu vaccination rates, visit www.nfid.org/loweryourflurisk.
Organizations that have signed on to support the goals of increasing awareness of the dangers of influenza infection among adults with chronic health conditions and the benefits of annual vaccination
Sample social media posts and graphics focused on important messages about flu & chronic health conditions