As Flu Season Approaches, Get Your Community Education Toolkit on Vaccinations!
It’s only October, but already flu cases have begun to escalate, several states have already reported deaths, and the media is beginning to cover what this means for older adults. Because as our network knows too well, more than 50 percent of annual flu-related hospitalizations and 90 percent of annual flu-related deaths are in people age 65-plus. What can you do in your community to help encourage older adults to receive their flu and other critical immunizations? To reach seniors across the U.S., n4a teamed up with the Alliance for Aging Research's "Our Best Shot" campaign, a public education initiative that urges older adults to get life-saving vaccines and encourage their loved ones to do the same. The centerpiece of the campaign is a FREE, easy-to-use community leader toolkit that has resources to conduct successful workshops on vaccination in older adults. The toolkit includes a short film highlighting how vaccines work and why they are important for older adults, an educational patient brochure, participant quizzes and a slide presentation to guide discussion throughout the workshop—everything a AAA, Title VI or provider needs to host an effective community workshop! Not yet convinced and want to know how your peers have used the Our Best Shot toolkit? Check out this recorded webinar (at the bottom of the page) that features vaccination experts from the Alliance for Aging Research, as well as two AAA leaders, Cynthia Banks of Los Angeles County and Kristie Sharp from the Atlanta Regional Commission, both of whom led their agency’s pilot site efforts to test this toolkit. Please also share this new resource widely with providers and other aging and health allies in your community!