What’s New With Flu? CDC’s Recommendations and Communication Plans for the 2015-2016 Influenza Season

What’s New With Flu? CDC’s Recommendations and Communication Plans for the 2015-2016 Influenza Season was presented on Wednesday, July 19, 2015 at 11:00 am – 12:00 noon Pacific / 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern

This webinar was the latest in a series of VICNetwork webinars and our August presentation focused on what’s new with this year’s flu vaccine along with updates on the communication plans by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners and updated resources that will help you with your national, state and local influenza vaccination promotion efforts.


Alicia M. Fry, MD, MPH, Medical officer and team lead for the Influenza Prevention and Control Team, Epidemiology and Prevention Branch, Influenza Division, within CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD).

Cindy Alvarez – Health Communication Specialist in the Health Communication Science Office for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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Originally aired: Wednesday, August 19, 2015

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Interim Guidance for the Use of Masks to Control Influenza Transmission




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Social Media Strategies for Public Health Messages  – Featuring Tools and Resources for Promoting National Immunization Awareness Month!

Our July 2015 webinar focused on developing social media strategies and message development that can help support your efforts in public health communication. Presentation include tools you can use to reach your intended audiences, to engage the disengaged, tips for getting ahead of your ‘naysayers’ and new digital and social media resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Presenters also shared information about National Immunization Awareness Month that takes place in August and shared our updated #NIAM15 Communication Toolkit to help promote immunization awareness across the lifespan.

Originally aired: Thursday, July 16, 2015


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Are You Ready for Flu?

Thanks to all our presenters and participants. I know some of your questions did not get answered during the live event. We are in the process of collecting the responses and will post the Q&A soon.

In the meantime, if you didn’t get a chance to complete our online evaluation, please do so now.

For those of you that missed the webinar, it was recorded and has been posted along with the presentations under Events – Archived Webinars.

Thank you

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Take the Flu Ends with U pledge

Who needs a flu vaccine? You do. The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated. (This means you public health communicator! ) Take the CDC Flu Ends with U Vaccination Pledge. Do your part to protect yourself and those around you. Even if you have gotten your flu shot this season, you can still pledge to take friends or family members to get theirs.

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What’s New With Flu: Info for Health Care Professionals

Originally Aired: September 21, 2011

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This webinar summarized the previous influenza season and assisted public health communicators and healthcare professionals with understanding their important role in promoting influenza vaccination during the 2011-12 season.

Featured Speaker:

Litjen (LJ) Tan,MS, PhD, Director, Medicine and Public Health American Medical Association, Co-Chair, National Influenza Vaccine Summit

Dr. Tan is a PhD in medical science and specializes in medical and public health policy pertaining to infectious diseases (eg, immunizations, emerging infections, antimicrobial resistance). He is the Director of the American Medical Association’s Division of Medicine and Public Health whose mission is the complete integration of the disciplines of medicine and public health into a collaborative structure that supports primary, secondary and tertiary prevention and wellness across the lifespan. Nationally recognized for his passion in infectious disease and public health advocacy, for organizing innovative summits to address important public health policy needs with respect to immunizations and infectious diseases, and for dynamic presentations within these fields.

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