Health Department Thinks Outside of the Box to Save Lives

{Laura Conner, District Director of Roane County Health Department}

Despite aggressive awareness campaigns to communicate the importance of getting flu shots, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say far too many people are not getting vaccinated. As a result, influenza leads to nearly 200,000 hospitalizations and between 3,000–49,000 of flu-related deaths.

Beyond public health, the flu is an expensive drain on our community. The 2017-2018 flu season cost U.S. employers an estimated $9.42 billion in sick days. Over $10 billion is spent every year on flu-related hospitalizations and doctor visits and nearly one-third of flu sufferers spend $250–$1,000 on treatment.

Prevention is not only a healthier option, but it is also more cost-effective. That is why this flu season Roane County’s health department held special “FightFluTN” free flu shot drive-through events. These events made it easier for our residents to pack the family up, and drive them through to trained medical providers. Thank you to all who participated!

Learn more about fighting seasonal flu at www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/prevention.htm