Early in the 2014-2015 flu season, nearly 1,500 patients received a flu shot with the PharmaJet Needle-Free Injector at select retail pharmacies, a university flu shot event, a public health flu symposium, and a government research organization.
Influenza vaccinations were given by health care providers as part of their annual immunization campaign by several retailers, a university, a public health organization and a government research organization. 67 of those who administered the injection with the needle-free injector filled out a survey of their experience.
It’s not uncommon for people to make up excuses to forgo their annual flu shot, but it’s time to put an end to these baseless justifications and commit to protecting ourselves and our communities against the flu.
On September 22, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper got his flu shot and this year the process was a quick, easy and comfortable experience. Governor Hickenlooper, along with the Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Public Heath and Environment Dr. Larry Wolk, received the influenza vaccination using PharmaJet’s Needle-Free Injector. PharmaJet’s needle-free technology to deliver flu shots is the first of its kind to get approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the vaccinations given to infants and young children in the past 20 years alone will prevent 322 million illnesses and save 732,000 lives just in the United States.
The 2013-2014 flu season began in early October 2013 and ran through late May 2014. During that time, flu outbreaks peaked at the end of December, which is determined by the number of hospitalizations and reports of influenza like symptoms tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).