It’s time for National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW)! This annual observance was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, even after the holiday season has ended.
From December 5-9, 2022, we will be reminding everyone 6 months and older that it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine.
CDC’s NIVW resources, vaccination messages, and activities will help you share key flu information with your networks. We encourage you to start planning now and to use these resources to promote vaccination in your community.
Why is it important to get vaccinated?
There are many reasons why vaccinations are important. Vaccinations help protect us from diseases that can be deadly, and they help us stay healthy so that we can live our lives to the fullest.
Vaccinations also help protect our community. When more people are vaccinated, there is less of a chance for diseases to spread. This is especially important for people who are unable to be vaccinated, such as babies and young children, people with certain medical conditions, and the elderly.
Finally, vaccinations help us save money. When we are vaccinated, we are less likely to need medical care for preventable diseases. This saves money for our families, our businesses, and our healthcare system.
What are the risks of not getting vaccinated?
Not getting vaccinated comes with a number of risks. One of the most serious risks is that of contracting a disease that could have been prevented by vaccination. For example, every year there are outbreaks of measles in areas where vaccination rates are low. Measles is a highly contagious disease that can lead to serious health complications, including pneumonia and encephalitis. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and others from contracting preventable diseases.
Another risk of not getting vaccinated is that you can unknowingly spread disease to others, especially those who are more vulnerable, such as young children, the elderly, or those with weakened immune systems. By getting vaccinated, you not only protect yourself, but also help to create “herd immunity” which protects those who cannot get vaccinated.
Who should get vaccinated?
There are a variety of different factors that should be considered when deciding who should get vaccinated. The most important factor is whether or not the person is at risk for the disease. For example, people who are immunocompromised or have certain medical conditions are more likely to experience serious complications from the disease and should therefore be vaccinated.
Another factor to consider is the age of the person. Young children and the elderly are more vulnerable to the disease and its complications, so they should also be vaccinated. Finally, people who work in certain professions, such as healthcare workers, should be vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
How can I help promote National Influenza Vaccination Week?
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a public health initiative that encourages people to get vaccinated against the flu. The flu is a serious virus that can cause severe illness, hospitalization, and even death. Every year, thousands of people die from the flu and its complications. NIVW is a great way to remind people of the importance of vaccination and to help prevent the spread of the flu.
There are many ways you can help promote NIVW. You can share information about the event on social media, write blog posts or articles about the importance of vaccination, or even host a vaccination event in your community. Whatever you do, you can help make a difference in the fight against the flu.
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