SUMMIT, NJ - Giving and Receiving Assistance for Our Community’s Essentials (GRACE), the Junior League of Summit’s signature community outreach project recently partnered with local businesses Seqirus and Passport Health New Jersey -- to provide flu shots through the GRACE’s refrigerator program.

Seqirus, which has its commercial operations headquarters in Summit, provided influenza vaccines for GRACE participants at no cost, and Passport Health New Jersey provided on-site nursing professionals to administer the vaccinations. 

As one of the largest influenza vaccine manufacturers in the world, Seqirus is a major contributor to the prevention of influenza globally. Passport Health -- with more than 270 clinic locations -- is a leading provider of travel medicine and immunization services in North America.

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Influenza is a common, highly contagious infectious disease that can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications in many people. To reduce the risk of more serious outcomes, such as hospitalization and death, resulting from influenza, the CDC encourages annual vaccination for all individuals aged 6 months and older.

Because transmission to others may occur one day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick, the disease can be easily transmitted to others. Influenza can lead to clinical symptoms varying from mild to moderate respiratory illness to severe complications, hospitalization and in some cases death.

The CDC estimates that 959,000 people in the United States were hospitalized due to influenza-related complications during the 2017-2018 influenza season. Since it takes approximately two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection, it is best that people get vaccinated to help protect them before influenza begins spreading in their community.1

The Junior League of Summit is a nonprofit, charitable, and educational organization of women who are committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.