Seasonal Flu Clinics Advancing the Delivery of Colorectal Cancer Screening

The Flu vaccine is recommended for adults every year. Colorectal cancer screening by High-Sensitivity Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) or Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) is recommended for adults over 50 years of age every year.

What if we told you there might be a way to combine being vaccinated for influenza and screening for colorectal cancer in the same visit? Well, there is a way and it’s called FluFIT or FluFOBT.

This Fall, Gallatin City-County Health Department’s Chronic Disease Program is collaborating with Community Health Partners (CHP) to bring FluFIT to the community. Free FIT kits will be handed out by health department staff to eligible individuals 50-74 years old who have not had a FIT/FOBT screening in the past year or colonoscopy in the last 10 years. CHP and GCCHD plan to distribute more than 100 kits in October during CHP’s scheduled flu clinics:

 

Flu Clinics

 

Colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer and the 2nd deadliest in the U.S. but at least 1/3 of U.S. adults aged 50-75 are not getting adequate screening.

FluFIT/FOBT programs allow patients over 50 to get their influenza vaccination and their FIT or FOBT kit to take home in the same visit. Pairing both prevention and early detection in the same visit helps increase the colorectal cancer screening outcomes and will hopefully lower the number of cancer deaths in the U.S. “Recent study estimates that [colorectal] screening has prevented more than 500,000 colorectal cancers in the US over the past three decades” (Page 6).

For questions about whether you should have a colorectal cancer screening this year talk to your health care provider or call us at 582-3100.