The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched targeted outreach to remind leaders and workers in the food and agriculture sectors about the importance of getting their seasonal flu shots. Getting a flu shot is more important this season than ever before. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the healthcare community are preparing for flu viruses, and the virus that causes COVID-19 to spread this fall and winter. There are some key differences between the flu and COVID-19, but most importantly, there is a safe and effective vaccine to protect against the flu right now.
Millions of critical infrastructure workers, including men and women on the front lines of growing, processing, preparing, selling and delivering food for both people and animals, can protect themselves, their families and their communities by getting the seasonal flu vaccine. Protecting oneself from the flu will also help save medical resources for the care of COVID-19 patients.
FDA’s outreach will serve to amplify and complement CDC’s existing flu shot messaging, increasing awareness and understanding of the importance of getting the seasonal flu shot among food and agriculture sectors.
More information about FDA’s targeted outreach, including links to printable flyers in English and Spanish, can be found in FDA’s constituent update (English
and Spanish). To learn more about how and where to get a flu shot, visit: www.cdc.gov/flu.
Suggested Social Media Messages
- Food Supply Chain Managers: Remind employees how important the seasonal flu shot is for them, their coworkers and their families. Post flyers from @US_FDA and let them know where flu shots are available in your area.
- Grocery workers! NOW is the best time to get a flu shot before the #flu begins spreading in your community. DYK it takes about two weeks after getting a vaccine for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection?