Resources for Flu Season
Local health departments play an important role in preventing cases of seasonal flu in their communities. NACCHO's influenza resources help to raise awareness about the benefits of the flu vaccine and provide tools to prepare for heightened flu activity during flu season.
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Local health departments can start to prepare for next year's flu season by registering for the Flu Near You online health reporting system. Through Flu Near You, thousands of volunteers answer a brief, weekly digital questionnaire about their health to benefit their community's flu awareness and tracking. NACCHO is working with the Skoll Global Threats Fund in partnership with HealthMap of Boston Children's Hospital to explore how local health departments can work with people in their communities to enroll them in Flu Near You and how to leverage the data as part of ongoing local influenza surveillance efforts. With more people enrolled in Flu Near You, the aggregate data can outline regional flu trends more accurately and complement existing public health surveillance systems.
Want to get involved with Flu Near You? Sign up today at https://flunearyou.org/ and encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same. If your local health department is interested in or already using Flu Near You data for local influenza surveillance efforts, email email@example.com.More »
Flu activity is low in the United States at this time, but flu outbreaks can happen as early as October. Flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths every season. More than 40 million doses of 2015-16 flu vaccine have been distributed in the United States and this season's vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older as the best way to protect against flu; see CDC's website for flu season resources. More »
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NACCHO's Influenza Resources