Vaccines Save Lives: New Infographic Highlights The Importance Of Getting Your Flu Vaccine Now

posted by AHIP

on September 9, 2020

Washington, D.C. – As the calendar turns to fall, Americans deserve the most advanced, effective treatments and therapies to protect them from the flu – particularly as COVID-19 continues to spread. Nearly all Americans with comprehensive health insurance coverage can receive an annual flu shot with no out-of-pocket cost, and health insurance providers are taking steps to increase the vaccination rates for children and adults. A new AHIP infographic highlights the value of the vaccine, which can reduce the risk of a flu-related intensive-care admission by 82% among adults. Flu vaccines are proven to save lives, protecting the health of the most at-risk individuals, including older Americans and communities of color.

“Health insurance providers remain committed to educating families and communities about the safety and importance of the flu vaccine, especially during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Matt Eyles, AHIP President and CEO. “The flu vaccine can reduce the burden of flu hospitalizations on already strained health systems and help save lives.”

The flu vaccine works, protecting Americans who receive it, as well as the health of our communities. For more information about the flu vaccine and your coverage, contact your health insurance provider as listed on your health insurance card.

Click here for the flu vaccine infographic.