Healthcare Workers Toolkit
Chances are that Patient Zero is in your building right now.
You know, Patient Zero: the first person in your organization to contract the flu. The one who could unknowingly give it to your patients or members of your staff.
The one who could even die, because flu can and does kill people, especially children. Last flu season alone, 146 children died from flu-related deaths from 40 states; that number is typically closer to 100.
Eight of those children were in Nevada.
You work tirelessly to protect the health of your patients. We’re writing to share some information on why a strong recommendation for the flu vaccine is so important, as well as the importance of healthcare workers getting vaccinated against the flu.
As you know, seasonal influenza or the “flu” is more than just a bad cold. In fact, it’s the leading cause of death and illness from a vaccine-preventable disease in the United States. According to the CDC:
- Children commonly need medical care because of influenza, especially before they turn 5 years old.
- Severe influenza complications are most common in children younger than 2 years old.
- Annually, an average of 20,000 children under 5 are hospitalized because of flu complications.
- More than 200,000 Americans are hospitalized and thousands die every year from the influenza virus.
- Flu causes 38 million lost school days and 111 million lost workdays a year, resulting in more than $7 billion in lost wages.
- The median age of children who died from the flu virus from Jan. 2014-June 2015 was 5.9 years old.
The flu can also be highly dangerous to people in our community who are not able to get the flu vaccine, namely the very young, the immunocompromised and the very old.
Studies have shown that a strong healthcare provider recommendation is the most effective way to convince people to get the flu vaccine. While the CDC recommends the flu vaccine as the best way to protect against the flu, fewer than 40 percent of Nevadans actually get it.
It is of utmost importance for healthcare providers to get the flu vaccine due to your critical role in patient health. Not only are you highly likely to come in to contact with patients infected with the flu, but you could also spread the flu to your patients, as a person can be contagious for 24 hours before symptoms are noticed.
This is a virtual toolkit of materials for use within your organization. Download via the links below, and please duplicate these materials as necessary and feel free to tailor them to fit your specific needs.
- A poster your staff areas.
- Newsletter articles and social media posts.
- Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest for content you can easily share on your own social media outlets.
We will continue to provide updated information at www.influencenevada.org/toolkit. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest for content you can easily share on your own social media outlets.
Thank you for all you do to keep Nevada healthy!