There’s no denying it: flu season is here. THA encourages all Texans to get their flu shot during the 2022-2023 flu season. As public adherence to COVID-19 precautionary measures like masking and social distancing has declined, health officials expect to see an increase in flu cases this season.
We encourage Texans to use the best defense at our disposal: the flu shot. While THA actively promotes flu vaccination among the public, we encourage member hospitals to use these resources to promote flu vaccination among their patients and communities.
National Pediatric Bed Shortage Prompts Texas Action
As Respiratory Viruses Circulate, Texas Hospitals Offer Tips on Testing, Treatment
AUSTIN, Texas (Oct. 28, 2022) – Texas hospitals are urging the public to stay vigilant about respiratory illnesses following nationwide reports of pediatric hospital bed shortages due to this season’s rapid spread of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza. Texas pediatric hospital beds are currently 88% occupied, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read more
THA’s digital messages make it easy for member hospitals to promote flu shots among their staff and patients.
Social Media Messages that promote flu vaccination and other precautions to prevent disease spread. Download these messages / Spanish version.
Printable Posters for elevators, waiting rooms and patient rooms. Download the posters / Spanish version.
Digital ads for your organization’s web page, newsletters and monitors and inpatient areas. Download the digital ads / Spanish version.
Messaging and Resources
In addition to social media, THA is promoting flu shots through its various channels. The following is a sample of THA’s messaging this season. These items can serve as a resource for member hospitals to use and/or repurpose.
- Flu Vaccine Locator | CDC
- Flu Communication Resources | CDC
- United Against the Flu Campaign | AHA
- Get My Flu Shot Campaign | Ad Council
- Flu Vaccine Partner Toolkit | CMS
- Flu Educational Materials | WIC
- Texas Flu Resources | DSHS
Research and Updates
Keeping up with the latest research and updates is critical to pushing the right information at the right time. The following are highlights from the public health and government sectors.
Research, Statistics and Clinical Updates
- Frequently Asked Questions: 2022-2023 Flu Season | CDC
- Flu Surveillance Data | Texas DSHS
- Preparing for the 2022-23 Flu Season | American Academy of Pediatrics
- Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Approved or Authorized in the United States | CDC
- Seasonal Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Studies | CDC