December 5th to December 9th is National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW). This awareness week is a national observance and was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination.
Did You Know?
- Flu season can begin as early as October, with peak months occurring December through February
- Flu season can last as late as May
- Vaccination is especially important for protecting those at high risk for serious flu complications, including: young children, pregnant women, adults 65 years and older, and anyone with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, and heart disease
- It is never too late in the season to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and loved ones
Why Do I Need the Flu Vaccine?
- You may be exposed to someone at work and in the community (gym, grocery store, etc) with the flu before they know they are sick!
- You also may pass on the flu virus to someone else before you know you are sick.
- The flu is a serious and contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death
- Anyone can get sick from the flu….even healthy people!
For more information on National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) or to learn more about the flu and vaccinations, visit the CDC’s site here.