CDC Observes National Influenza Vaccination Week

The week of December 8-14, 2013 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) promoted National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW). The CDC established this event eight years ago to remind the public how important vaccination is during and after the holiday season.

According to the CDC, “As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination can still provide protection against the flu. Flu activity doesn't usually peak until January or February in the United States, and the season can last as late as May, so it is important to vaccinate now if you haven't already.”

NIVW events throughout America, including flu clinics, health fairs, a press briefing, radio interviews, social media events, and educational sessions will remind the public how important it is to vaccinate against the flu.

The CDC recommends individuals older than six months receive a flu vaccine to ensure the best protection against illness. Flu shots can be obtained through a doctor’s office or many pharmacies, grocery stores, and health departments.

Workplace influenza outbreaks can seriously impact productivity. Take steps to help prevent the flu from spreading by providing employees with information, keeping hygiene and restroom supplies stocked, and equipping work areas with hand sanitizer.

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