Stop the Flu: Become a Flu Buster Today
What is a Flu Buster?
A #FLUBUSTER is someone who protects themselves, their loved ones, and their community from the flu by getting vaccinated and encouraging others to do the same!
Who should get a flu shot?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual influenza vaccination for EVERYONE 6 months and older.
Do flu shots really work?
In a typical flu season, the flu vaccine is up to 60% effective. Remember, the flu is a dangerous illness. People with a high risk of complications from the flu include those 65 years and older, children younger than 5 years, pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease.
Where & When to Get the Shot
Flu outbreaks begin in October, so get yours ASAP!
Most health care insurers cover - and encourage - getting the flu vaccine. To access the flu vaccine, call your primary care physician and request it. Or, visit vaccinefinder.org.
Take On the #FluFreeMoCoChallenge
- Go get a flu shot.
- Take a selfie with your band-aid to prove you're an OG Flu Buster!
- Tweet and post your selfie to Facebook with the tags #FluFreeMoCoChallenge and #FluBuster.
- Tag a friend, family member, or colleague, and challenge them to do the same!
Meet Our Founding Flu Busters
Our founding Flu Busters launched this campaign as part of Montgomery County Medical Society's Vaccination Initiative. The Initiative's mission is to increase public awareness and overall patient compliance with recommended vaccine schedules for preventable illnesses.
The three pillars identified to support this mission are to:
- create a culture of patient compliance, by pursuing initiatives such as a statewide vaccination day and campaigns for public education; and
- support changes to legal & regulatory frameworks requiring vaccinations; and
- provide and promote tools for physicians in Montgomery County, such as patient education materials and best practice guides.
Founding Flu Busters:
- Brent Berger, M.D., Internal Medicine
- Bailey Cannon, M.D., Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Audrey Corson, M.D., Internal Medicine
- Benjamin Galper, M.D., Interventional Cardiology & Cardiovacular Disease
- Travis Gayles, M.D., Pediatrics
- Carol Levy, M.D., M.P.H., Emergency Medicine
- Carolyn B. O'Conor, M.D., Family Medicine
- Peter Sherer, M.D., Medical Oncology & Hematology