National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 5-9) is focused on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination. Currently, flu activity is spreading rapidly across the country. Other respiratory viruses, including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are also surging, affecting patients and families and having major impacts on hospitals and pediatric care.
Vaccination in December or later is particularly important for people at a higher risk of developing severe complications, including young children, the elderly, pregnant woman and those with chronic illnesses. So, this week will serve as an excellent reminder to all patients 6 months and older who are not up to date that there is still time to benefit from getting the flu vaccine.
Fight The Flu
The CDC encourages everyone to get their annual flu vaccine. Highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination activities during National Influenza Vaccination Week and throughout the holiday season and beyond using the CDC’s 2022 NIVW Digital Media Toolkit that includes social media messages, sample blurbs, a flyer/poster, and patient reminders. Use #FightFlu to join the conversation all week and tag @CDCFlu on Twitter.