FROM THE PRESIDENT
William G. Plested III, MD
There’s an old saying that once the Fourth of July comes and goes, the summer flies by pretty quickly.
Whether that’s true or not probably depends on your point of view. But despite what the calendar says, another flu season will be upon us before we know it.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States sees as much as 20 percent of its population, on average, come down with influenza every year. More than 200,000 people wind up hospitalized from flu complications, and about 36,000 people die from the flu.
Those are incredibly high numbers. The good news is that we can lower them.
How? By getting as many people vaccinated as we can. And a program recently spearheaded by the AMA will help physicians obtain the supplies they need to make that happen.
Flu vaccine maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and distributor FFF Enterprises have collaborated with the AMA to prioritize almost 2 million doses of FluArixÃ? trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine for small- and medium-size physician practices once the vaccine becomes available this fall. This will help the many physicians who last flu season were left out in the cold while pharmacies and “big box” retail stores seemingly had plentiful supplies. You can visit http://www.fluvaccine.net/ to place your order online or call (800) 843-7477.
With this constant focus — and by working together — we can guarantee that problems from the last flu season don’t repeat themselves.
And, most importantly, we can cut into those numbers from the CDC and start keeping people healthy during flu season.