National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is an annual observance in December to remind everyone that there’s still time to get vaccinated against flu. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at higher risk of developing serious flu complications, including people with certain chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease. In fact, in past flu seasons, 9 out of 10 adults hospitalized for flu had at least one underlying medical condition.
Since flu viruses are constantly changing and protection from vaccination decreases over time, getting a flu vaccine every year is the best way to prevent flu. Flu vaccines are the only vaccines that protect against flu and are proven to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
You can learn more about this nationwide call to action at the CDC resource page which includes patient reminder messages you can share through patient portals, social media messaging, and other helpful tools. The more people vaccinated against flu, the more people are protected from flu.
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Full link: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/resource-center/nivw/index.htm