It's Worth a Shot
The Biden Administration has launched a six-week campaign urging Americans to get their updated COVID-19 vaccine. Encouraging Americans to get their updated bivalent vaccine will help avoid thousands of preventable COVID-19 deaths, even as people gather for the winter holidays.
Visit our dedicated webpage to learn how nursing homes can participate in this nationwide campaign to boost booster rates and protect the health of our most vulnerable populations. Stay tuned for updates on upcoming educational offerings, a podcast for medical directors, a toll-free number where you can direct questions, access new tools and resources, and more.
U.S. Flu Hospitalizations Highest in a Decade
The cumulative number of hospitalizations for the flu is at its highest point in this part of the influenza season since 2010-2011.
The CDC estimates the flu has caused at least 13 million illnesses, 120,000 hospitalizations and 7,300 deaths since October. The rise in cases comes at a time when hospitals are also treating patients presenting with Covid-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Although RSV infections have fallen in recent weeks, Covid-19 hospitalizations are on the rise. According to the New York Times’ Covid-19 dashboard, roughly 37,500 people are currently hospitalized with Covid-19, up 31% from two weeks ago.
With the holiday season quickly approaching hospitals at or near capacity, the CDC joined the Administration in strongly encouraging all Americans to get their flu shots and updated boosters.
The IPRO QIN-QIO applauds your efforts to boost vaccination rates across your community. Access our Values in Vaccination Video Series, Influenza, Pneumococcal and COVID-19 Immunization Toolkit and join the Vax Chat (see above) for strategies to make your campaign a success.