On average more than 200,000 people are hospitalized in the US each year for the flu, but over half of Americans don’t get a flu shot. The flu has one of the lowest vaccination rates among diseases according to the CDC.
At the 11th Annual ‘Kick the Flu Summit’ Friday afternoon experts and doctors from around the country will come together to promote vaccinations, flu awareness, and provide flu shots to the public.
The summit allows health professionals to learn and share new ideas about flu prevention and the latest news about vaccines.
They will strategize on how best to deliver immunization services and help the public fight the disease.
The summit is at the AMN Health Care Auditorium at 12400 High Bluff Drive in Carmel Valley until 4:30 pm Friday.
Participants at the summit will include: Paul Offit, MD, Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Mark Sawyer, MD, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Pediatric Disease Specialist at USCD School of Medicine and Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, Jeffrey Johnson, Senior Epidemiologist for the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.