The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is scheduled for December 4-10, 2016. The CDC established National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in 2005 to raise public awareness about the importance of flu vaccination. The 2016 national awareness week focuses on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination and continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond. To learn more about what is new for the 2016-2017 flu season, view the CDC’s Factsheet by clicking HERE.
Flu vaccination coverage estimates from past years have shown that influenza vaccination activity drops quickly after the end of November.
CDC and its partners choose to December for NIVW to remind people that even though the holiday season has arrived, it is not too late to get your flu vaccine. As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination can provide protection against the influenza virus and should continue.
Even if you haven’t yet received a vaccine and have already gotten sick with one flu virus, you can still benefit from vaccination since the flu vaccine protects against three or four different flu viruses (depending on which flu vaccine you get).
Flu Vaccination for People at High Risk
Another goal of NIVW is to communicate the importance of flu vaccination for people who are at high risk for developing flu-related complications. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease or lung disease, and people aged 65 years and older. For people at high risk, getting the flu can mean developing serious flu-related complications, like pneumonia, or a worsening of existing health conditions, which can lead to hospitalization or death.
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