By Jim Arbogast, Ph.D., Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries
It’s the middle of fall. And while some are starting to think of the upcoming holiday season, there is another season that should be top of mind for all of us – flu season.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity often begins to increase in October and November, with flu season peaking between December and March. While we might be thinking of holiday meals and shopping lists, we should also be thinking about preventive measures we can all take to reduce the spread of germs that can cause illness.
If you’d like to get a flu shot, but can’t seem to get to a clinic, how about asking Uber to bring the flu shot to you? On Thursday, November 19, Uber will be working with Epidemico, Inc., a health data analysis company, which is owned by Booz Allen Hamilton, to deliver that service through the UberHEALTH program. The results from an optional survey conducted afterward will be combined with other data and analyzed to seek a better understanding of how to boost vaccination rates. Convenience and accessibility are often cited as barriers to vaccinations.
Nearly 100 participating clinics in over a dozen underserved markets to distribute vouchers to their patients that are redeemable at any CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic location for a flu shot
WOONSOCKET, R.I. and SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Oct. 23, 2014 /3BL Media/ -- CVS Health and Direct Relief announced today that they have partnered to provide $1 million in flu shot vouchers to community health clinic patients in underserved communities who lack health insurance. Nearly 100 participating clinics will identify uninsured individuals from their existing patient populations and provide them with a flu shot voucher that is redeemable at any CVS/pharmacy® or MinuteClinic® location.
A new study in Vaccine explains how flu vaccines prevent heart attacks
Amsterdam, October 21, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Flu vaccines are known to have a protective effect against heart disease, reducing the risk of a heart attack. For the first time, this research, published in Vaccine, reveals the molecular mechanism that underpins this phenomenon. The scientists behind the study say it could be harnessed to prevent heart disease directly.
Back in April, Walgreens donated more than 375,000 doses of flu vaccine to the Laos People’s Democratic Republic (Laos), when their flu season was just getting ready to begin. They wanted to make a difference in thousands of lives by bringing good health to a population in need. Walgreen’s faced an enormous logistical challenge to safely transport the vaccines from Louisville, Kentucky, to Southeast Asia.