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Avoid the Flu this Fall

Posted September 17, 2018

Flu shots are usually available starting as early as September, so now’s the time to begin planning influenza prevention campaigns. Campaigns executed via the Tea Leaves Health platform offer you the ability to connect with individuals in your service areas, promote flu shots and instruct people on how, when and where to access them.

Influenza vaccination campaigns offer an opportunity to communicate with both prospects and patients of all ages; the CDC states that everyone six months of age and older should get a seasonal flu vaccine. This can be an excellent entry point into your system for prospects.

Patientology has two Immunization Tea Selects – Flu Vaccine Adult and Flu Vaccine Minor. The Flu Vaccine Adult Tea Select identifies profitable men and women ages 18-85 who would benefit from the flu vaccine and also excludes anyone who has recently had a shot, so your marketing dollars aren’t spent talking to those who have already taken the initiative. The Flu Vaccine Minor Tea Select is geared toward families with children. This query identifies parents who have not had a flu vaccine in the past 11 months, operating under the assumption that the child is vaccinated around the same time as the parent. Remember: all Tea Selects are 100% customizable to fit your needs and budget.

Regarding messaging, we suggest educating individuals about the symptoms of influenza, which include: fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, aching muscles, chills and sweats, headache, fatigue, cough, nasal congestion and sore throat. Also consider including prevention steps in your print and digital communications, such as avoiding close contact with an infected person, staying home when you’re sick, covering your mouth and nose, executing good hand washing habits and avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Of course, you should mention that the single best way to prevent the flu is by getting the influenza vaccination. Also inform recipients  of clinic hours and locations where flu shots are available.

Don’t let the flu get you – or your patients – this season! These types of campaigns can be continued well into the winter months, since flu season typically starts as early as September and can continue as late as May. Contact us to get a campaign underway today.