Today, Some Also Cast Vote for Flu Protection

Nov 6, 2012, 10:26 AM

A health worker fills a syringe in order to give a flu shot.

Some people will exercise their right to protect themselves against the flu when they vote today. Throughout the country, “Vote & Vax” clinics have been set up at or near polling places to help improve the chance that people who still haven’t had their 2012/2013 flu shot get that shot in the arm. Vote & Vax, which had start up support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, works with local public health providers including health departments to help set up the flu shot clinics. Project partners include the American Public Health Association, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers and the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

In the last presidential election almost half of flu shot recipients who were vaccinated through Vote & Vax had not received a flu shot in the previous year or were not planning to get a flu shot that year.

See if there is a Vote & Vax clinic near, or at, your polling place.

If not, search the American Lung Association's Flu Clinic Locator Site, to find the nearest site. 


This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.