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National Influenza Vaccination Week

December 5, 2012
Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national observance that was established by CDC to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January and beyond. This year NIVW will be held December 2-8, 2012.
Historically, vaccination activity drops quickly after the end of November. CDC and its partners, including NBCH, want to dispel the myth that vaccination beyond the holidays is "too late." As long a flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination should continue and can provide protection against the flu. Even unvaccinated people who have already gotten the flu can still benefit from vaccination since the flu vaccine protects against three different flu viruses and more than one flu virus circulates each season. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. The flu vaccine is the best way modern medicine currently has to protect against this serious disease.
Vaccine supplies are ample and there are more choices than ever available this year, both in terms of where to get vaccinated and what vaccine to get. Millions of doses of influenza vaccine have been delivered to people safely for decades. This season, the regular flu shot is available along with the nasal spray vaccine. There also is a “high-dose” vaccine for people 65 and older and an intradermal vaccine with a much smaller needle that is approved for use in people 18 to 64 years old.  Once vaccinated, you can enjoy this holiday season knowing that you have taken the single best step to protect yourself and your loved ones against the flu.
You can find more NIVW materials at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw/index.htm, and NIVM activities at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw/activities.htm


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