National Influenza Vaccination Week- Tips about flu season

December 1, 2016

CDC established National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in 2005 to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.

NIVW 2016 is scheduled for December 4-10, 2016

Flu vaccination coverage estimates from past seasons have shown that few people get vaccinated against influenza  after the end of November.

Last season only about 40% of the US population recommended to get a flu vaccine reported having been vaccinated by the end of November.  

CDC and its partners choose December for NIVW to remind people that even though the holiday season has begun, it is not too late to get a flu vaccine. 

As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination should continue throughout the flu season in order to protect as many people as possible against the flu.

Even if you haven’t yet been vaccinated and have already gotten sick with flu, 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).

Information from the CDC. 

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