The Philadelphia Immunization Program coordinates a citywide Community-based Influenza Vaccine Campaign for adults each year starting in October. The program vaccinates adults ages 19 and older who do not have health insurance and have no alternative source for medical care, or who are unable to access their usual source of care. By raising awareness about the importance of annual seasonal flu vaccines and increasing flu vaccinations in Philadelphia’s adult, uninsured population, we aim to decrease flu illness and complications.
How Can I Hold a Community Flu Clinic?
Churches, shelters, supermarkets, community centers, soup kitchens, and health clinics are all sites eligible for holding a Community Flu Clinic. To participates sites must complete and sign the Community Flu Campaign registration form, and attend an online Community Flu Clinic training.
The site of flu clinic must be open to the community. Only uninsured adult residents of Philadelphia who are age 19 and older may receive a dose of flu vaccine or the services to vaccinate campaign participants.
How will My Flu Clinic be Advertised?
All approved and confirmed flu clinics will be advertised on the Philadelphia Department of Public Health website. Each clinic will also receive advertisement flyers to promote their upcoming flu clinic in their communities.
Tips to Prevent the Flu
Get a Flu Vaccine Every Year
The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season.
Wash your hands frequently
Use warm water and soap and rub hands together for 15-20 seconds. The flu virus can live on surfaces for up to two hours. When soap and water are not available, hand sanitizers containing 60-90% ethyl alcohol or isopropanol may be used.
Cover your coughs and sneezes
Cover your cough or sneeze with a disposable tissue and wash hands immediately following.
Stay home when sick
Stay home when sick to avoid the risk of infecting others with the spread of the flu virus.
Get enough sleep and manage your stress
Lack of sleep and high levels of stress can reduce immune functioning and lower the body’s ability to fight colds and the flu.
Vaccinate Healthcare Workers!
Unvaccinated healthcare workers put patients at risk; healthcare workers can be a key cause of outbreaks in healthcare settings. These employees encounter high-risk patients throughout the influenza season in medical practices, general hospitals, specialty hospitals, long-term care and rehabilitation facilities, home-care sites and other healthcare settings.
During an influenza outbreak in a healthcare setting, as many as 70% of the staff and patients can become infected. Annual influenza vaccination of healthcare workers helps to:
- Protect healthcare workers, their patients, and their communities
- Decrease death rates among nursing-home patients
- Reduce work absenteeism
- Reduce the incidence of hospital-based influenza outbreaks
- Improve the prevention of influenza-associated disease
- Enhance patient safety