Flu season typically doesn’t peak until early in the calendar year, which means there is still time to educate your community members about how they can stay healthy this cold and flu season.
Seniors who contract influenza are much more likely to have serious complications from the illness, including instances in which their overall health and independence are affected. In fact, influenza and pneumonia together are the seventh leading cause of death among those over 65 and the eighth leading cause of death among all Americans.
Here are some tips to help you get started on your seasonal push for cold and flu awareness in your community.
- Experience a breakthrough in your agency’s efforts to market to church groups by volunteering to teach a free class at area houses of worship about cold and flu prevention. TAG Partners has a ready-made class that a non-clinician can present. Call 866-232-6477 for individual component pricing.
- Drop off boxes and pocket packs of company branded facial tissue at senior residential facilities along with flyers about coughing and sneezing etiquette to prevent the transmission of illnesses. Don’t forget to include your agency’s logo and contact information. Call your TAG Partners sales representative for tissue options and pricing. Find content for your flyer at the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or check out ready-made materials here and here.
- Remind seniors at senior centers, adult day care centers, ILFs and ALFs that flu shots are covered by Medicare. Older adults are at higher risk of developing serious complications from the flu, so those age 65 or older should definitely get the shot.
- Hand out hand sanitizer personalized to your agency along with a card on the importance of hand washing to prevent infection.
- Stock your area hospital emergency rooms with flyers about preventing the spread of the flu and personalized with your agency’s logo and information about services. Find lots of relevant information and ready-made materials here.
- Add the CDC’s Flu I.Q. interactive quiz widget to your website. Visitors will be able to test how much they know about the flu.