National Influenza Vaccination Week
This year, National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is December 2-8, 2018. The NIVW provides an opportunity for public health professionals, health care professionals, health advocates, communities, and families from across the country to work together to promote flu vaccination before the traditional winter peak in flu activity. Flu seasons are unpredictable and can begin early in the fall and last late into the spring. By focusing on one week in early December, partners can bring together resources and reach people before flu season swings into full gear.
The Many Benefits of Flu Vaccination
The CDC provides a list of benefits to receiving the flu vaccine. They include:
Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick with flu.
- During the 2016-2017 flu season, flu vaccine prevented an estimated:
- Flu vaccination helps prevent serious medical events associated with some chronic conditions.
- Vaccination helps protect women during and after pregnancy.
- Flu vaccine can be life-saving in children.
Flu vaccination has been shown in several studies to reduce severity of illness in people who get vaccinated, but still get sick.
Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect the people around you, including those who are most vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.