Seasonal Influenza (Flu): A Guide for Community & Faith-based Organizations and Leaders   [open pdf - 719KB]

"In the United States between 5% and 20% of the population gets the flu each flu season. Each year more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications. Severity of flu varies greatly from year to year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that flu-associated deaths in the U.S. ranged from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people during each flu season between 1976 and 2006. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is dedicated to reducing these numbers. Vaccination is the best protection against getting the flu and from flu-related complications. CDC recommends that every person 6 months and older receive an annual flu vaccine. In order to help keep communities healthy during flu season, we need the participation of people like you - leaders and members of community and faith-based organizations (CFBOs) who know their communities well. Organizations like yours are uniquely positioned to help keep people healthy. As trusted leaders, you are able to communicate important health information about the need for vaccination and healthy practices in an effective and motivating manner."

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