Don’t Forget About the Flu

While the focus remains on COVID-19, another virus that claims thousands of lives each year will begin circulating soon. While less deadly than COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates an average of 36,000 people die each year from influenza.

While you consider receiving a COVID-19 vaccination or booster shot, remember there’s a vaccine for the flu, too and EveryStep’s Community Health program offers on-site flu shot clinics to schools, workplaces and senior living communities across the state.

Flu vaccination reduces the burden of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths on the health care system and conserves medical resources for care of people with COVID-19. The CDC estimates that during the 2019-2020 flu season, which coincided with the arrival of COVID-19, flu vaccination prevented 7.5 million flu illnesses, 3.7 million influenza-associated medical visits, 105,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations and 6,300 influenza-associated deaths.

“EveryStep’s experienced team makes it easy to organize and conduct a flu shot clinic,” says Rosario Manzano, EveryStep’s community health and wellness business developer. “Beyond the health benefits of these flu vaccination clinics, the proceeds directly benefit EveryStep, one of Iowa’s oldest and largest non-profits.” Proceeds fund the more than 30 EveryStep programs that help at-risk children, families and seniors who are facing life’s changes and challenges.

EveryStep provides the following for on-site school, workplace and senior living community flu vaccination clinics:

  • Online registration for employers
  • Educational materials to increase employee participation
  • Qualified, experienced and friendly nurses to administer flu vaccinations
  • Submission of all insurance claims
  • Competitive pricing
  • Flexible scheduling to accommodate multiple sites and times
  • Various billing options
  • Other immunization services available upon request

The influenza season typically begins in October and continues through May. Scheduling an on-site flu vaccination clinic for September ensures those receiving the vaccine will have the best protection from the virus when the flu season begins.