According to Indian Health Service, the seasonal flu disproportionately affects American Indians and Alaskan Natives, who are at higher risk for complications from the flu. Thankfully, flu vaccines are safe, effective and widely available for indigenous people six months and older.
The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) provides programs that directly address these widespread and detrimental disparities in American Indian and Alaskan Native health and works to collaborate with tribal clinics, physicians and medical professionals across the nation.
Seasonal Flu Vaccination Information
Flu vaccines are widely available for American Indian and Alaskan Natives.
Protecting Communities. Protecting Loved Ones.
The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) recognizes the importance of vaccination to ensure tribal cultures survive and are preserved for future generations.
As flu season approaches, it is more important than ever for you and your family to stay on top of your vaccinations. Children as young as six months are eligible for the seasonal flu vaccine. Talk to your healthcare provider about your options.
Vaccination Message from AAIP Physicians
AAIP physicians across the nation share why they choose to get vaccinated.
American Indian and Alaskan Native physicians across the nation support the seasonal flu vaccine and strongly encourage all eligible tribal members to get vaccinated. When you get the flu vaccine, you’re protecting more than yourself.
Why is getting the seasonal flu vaccine important?
- An authorized flu vaccine helps protect you, your family and your community from contracting the flu and any related complications.
- Research shows that getting the flu vaccination can reduce complications related to other medical conditions, such as heart attacks and diabetes.
- Increasing flu vaccinations is one way to ensure tribal cultures survive and are preserved for future generations.
How does the seasonal flu affect our communities?
- American Indians and Alaskan Natives are disproportionately affected by the flu.
- According to the CDC, flu and pneumonia rank within the top 10 leading causes of death among American Indians and Alaskan Natives.
- According to Indian Health Services, American Indians and Alaskan Natives are more likely to be hospitalized from the flu when compared to the general U.S. population.
The Association of American Indian Physicians
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AAIP supports vaccinations for American Indians and Alaskan Natives.