Date: December 13th, 2016
Recognizing that older adults face an increased risk for flu-related complications, the Alliance participated in National Influenza Vaccination Week from December 4 – 10. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 54 to 70 percent of flu-related hospitalizations, and 71 to 85 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths occur in people 65 and older.
This makes it especially important for older adults to recognize the dangers of the flu, as well as other vaccine-preventable diseases. This is why the Alliance launched the “Our Best Shot" campaign that highlights the importance of vaccinations for older adults. The campaign features a workshop kit for community leaders hosting workshops for seniors and their caregivers on vaccine basics.
The kit takes an in-depth look at how vaccines work, common vaccine-preventable illnesses, the safety of vaccines, and where to get vaccinated. It includes a leader’s guide on how to conduct a workshop, a short “pocket film” on the importance of vaccines, and attendee materials – including brochures, quizzes, and evaluations.
The Alliance partnered with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) to develop and promote the kit, but also to test the workshop kits during a pilot phase of the program. Listen to leaders from the Alliance and n4a discuss the pilots, the workshop kit, and the importance of vaccination in this recording of their August Webcast launch.
View the webinar here: