PrescribeWellness today launched its "A Million More" Flu Shot Initiative with the goal of increasing the influenza vaccination rate by one million more Americans.
"The flu is dangerous, threatens lives and costs the American economy billions of dollars each year," said Al Babbington, CEO of PrescribeWellness. "The flu is responsible for approximately 200,000 hospitalizations and 25,000 deaths in the United States each year, yet only 46 percent of the population currently gets flu shot immunizations."
The core message of the initiative is that even if you are young, healthy and don't feel at risk for serious illness, get a flu shot for your family, for your community and to help protect those who are more at risk such as young children and the elderly. With fall approaching and the health care debate surging, now is the time to raise awareness about the importance of preventative health care and how to lower the cost of care.
The director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Dr. Karen Midthun, recently stated, "the best way to prevent influenza is by getting vaccinated each year. It is especially important to get vaccinated this year because two of the three virus strains used in this season's influenza vaccines differ from the strains included in last year's vaccine."
PrescribeWellness developed the "A Million More" Flu Shot Initiative in response to the rising cost of health care, which is escalating at a record rate and is expected to reach $4.1 trillion by 2018. More than 70 percent of health care costs are controllable with personal actions, support of families, neighbors and communities.
PrescribeWellness has the most efficient and effective tools for influencing patient behavior by educating and motivating them toward vital health care habits such as adhering to prescribed medications, getting the recommended screenings and immunizations as well as making small lifestyle changes necessary to improve health. The goal of this initiative is to rally support from civic and faith-based leaders and health care professionals across the nation to deliver the message that healthier individual choices improve the health of our communities and lower health care costs.