Sunshine Health Promotes Flu Vaccination and Education During Flu Season

Award Winning Fluvention® program equips people with information to prevent the flu

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., October 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As flu season approaches, Sunshine Health is once again encouraging Florida residents to get vaccinated against the flu. Every flu season is different, and the flu can affect people differently. That’s why it’s important to get a flu shot every year to protect yourself and your loved ones from illness.

Up to 11% of Americans contract the flu virus each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The flu vaccine is free and has been shown to have many benefits, including reduced risk of flu-related illness, hospitalization, and even death. In 2019-2020, the flu vaccine prevented an estimated 7.5 million flu-like illnesses and more than 100,000 flu-related hospitalizations. It can also save children’s lives. in a studio 2022, the flu vaccine was shown to reduce children’s risk of severe, life-threatening influenza by 75 percent. In general, it is the best way to protect yourself against the flu and its associated complications.

Vaccination and good hygiene, like washing your hands and covering your cough, are key to preventing the flu and staying healthy this flu season. Sunshine Health members can get a flu shot at no cost from their doctor or a nearby pharmacy; many offer the vaccine to people without an appointment. While everyone should get a flu shot, the CDC notes that it’s especially important for the following groups who are at higher risk of complications:

  • Pregnant women
  • Children under 5 years of age, but especially children under 2 years of age
  • Persons 65 years of age and older
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions.

Sunshine Health Fluvention® Program offers free resources to help people understand the importance of the flu vaccine, the risks of flu season, and other preventive measures. The initiative strives to increase flu vaccination rates overall, with particular attention to high-risk populations by delivering targeted messages through multiple touchpoints, including mail, phone calls, text messages and events. local. The Fluvention® program was recently recognized with a Health Information Award for its commitment to helping educate and empower families, communities and organizations to take care of themselves each flu season.

“To help protect against the flu, we encourage people to schedule their flu shot appointments as soon as possible,” said Dr. Mary Samerson, senior medical director of Sunshine Health. “Influenza activity has been steadily increasing in Florida and is significantly higher than the previous three seasons. Since it takes two weeks after receiving the vaccine for the antibodies that protect against the flu to fully develop, it’s best to act early.”

This year’s flu season faces an additional complication with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its many variants. Some of the The symptoms of the flu and COVID-19 are similar, so it can be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. There are also unique considerations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 versus the flu. Here are some key differences:

  • While testing is the best way to confirm a diagnosis, one of the unique signs and symptoms of COVID-19 is loss of taste and smell.
  • Flu symptoms typically develop 1-4 days after infection, while COVID-19 symptoms can take 5 days to develop.
  • Most people with the flu are contagious for 1 day before showing symptoms. With COVID-19, it is possible for someone to spread the virus for about 2 days before symptoms appear and remain contagious for at least 10 days after symptoms first appear.

As one of the largest health care plans in the state, Sunshine Health supports Florida residents in their Medicaid, long-term care, Health Insurance Marketplace (Ambetter), and Medicare Advantage plans and prescription drug plans (Wellcare). For more information about Sunshine Health’s Fluvention® program and other health care supports, visit

About Sunshine Health
Sunshine Health is a managed care plan with a Florida Medicaid contract. The benefit information provided is a brief summary, not a complete description of benefits. Limitations, copays and restrictions may apply. Benefits, form, pharmacy network, premium and/or copays/coinsurance may change. For more information, contact the Managed Care Plan.

Headquartered in Broward County with offices throughout the state, Sunshine Health is among the largest health care plans in Florida. Offering coordinated care and a support network for our members, Sunshine Health is transforming community health, one person at a time. Sunshine Health is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, a multinational diversified health care company. Offers government-sponsored managed care through Medicaid, Long-Term Care, the Health Insurance Marketplace (Ambetter), and Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans (Wellcare). Its specialty plans include the Child Welfare Specialty Plan serving children in or adopted from the state Child Welfare system; the Serious Mental Illness Specialty Plan for people living with serious mental illness; and the Children’s Medical Services Health Plan, operated by Sunshine Health on behalf of the Florida Department of Health for children and adolescents with special health care needs. For more information visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @SunHealthFL.

SOURCE Sunshine Health

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