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Flu Season Toolkit

In an effort to aid our on-campus COVID-19 efforts, we have created a toolkit with some important information that could benefit your audience across your social media accounts. As flu season begins to approach - and lasts through the winter months - regular reminders about the importance of vaccination and safe behaviors are important.

Communication takeaways:


The below social posts are examples that you can use to share with your audiences. Do not feel like these are the only messages you can share with these graphics! They are intended to support your messaging, and explain why it is important to get your influenza shot this year.

Example social media posts:

Experts are worried that hospitals may become overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients as well as typical annual flu visits. By getting your flu shot, you can protect yourself against the flu and reduce your likely need for a flu-related visit.

 The CDC estimates the U.S. experienced 18 million to 26 million medical visits in the 2019-2020 season.

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Recovering from a bout of influenza (flu) can take as many as 3-7 days, with some symptoms like cough and malaise lasting for up to two weeks, per the CDC. Lower your flu risk by getting a flu shot.

The CDC estimates the U.S. experienced 39 million to 56 million flu cases in the 2019-2020 season.


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Severe flu symptoms that may require emergency attention include difficulty breathing, pressure or pain in the chest, dizziness, seizures, muscle pain and more. Lower your risk of getting the flu this year and get a flu shot.

The CDC estimates the U.S. experienced 410,000 to 740,000 hospitalizations in the 2019-2020 flu season.


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Influenza kills tens of thousands of Americans every year, with an estimated 24,000 to 60,000 dying in 2019-2020. 

The CDC estimates the U.S. experienced 24,000 to 60,000 flu deaths in the 2019-2020 flu season. 

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COVID-19 and influenza share similarities in their symptoms, which experts fear could lead to crowded, maxed out hospitals and patient clinics. Symptoms include fever, cough, chills, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, fatigue and more. 
Flu symptoms can mirror those of COVID-19. That's why it's very important to get your flu shot this year.

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You cannot get the flu from a flu vaccination. Influenza vaccines use dead viruses that cannot replicate to develop an infection. You may develop some minor symptoms (sore arm, headache, fever) as a result of your vaccination.

Mythbusting: You cannot get the flu from a flu vaccination.

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Flu shots are widely available this flu season, including through WVU Student Health, WVU Medicine, surrounding physicians offices, grocery stores and pharmacies.

An illustration of a vaccine in a circle against a blue background.

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Photography

Feel free to use these photographs with your social messaging. Do not use them for print pieces or flyers. 

When posting images on WVU-affiliated platforms (web, social), you must use your platform's alt-text features for accessibility when uploading images. Example text has been provided below each image.

A WVU student is administered a flu shot.

(Above) ALT TEXT: A WVU student is administered a flu shot. 


A WVU student receives a flu shot.

(Above) ALT TEXT: A WVU student is administered a flu shot.


A WVU School of Nursing student prepares a flu vaccine.

(Above) ALT TEXT: A WVU School of Nursing student prepares a flu vaccine.


A WVU School of Nursing student administers a flu vaccine to a WVU student.

(Above) ALT TEXT: A WVU School of Nursing student administers a flu vaccine to a WVU student.


A WVU School of Pharmacy faculty members administers a flu shot.

(Above) ALT TEXT: A WVU School of Pharmacy faculty member administers a flu vaccine.