National Influenza Vaccination Week
This year, National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is December 8-14, 2013. NIVW will provide 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.
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Key Points to Share with Families
What You Should Know About Influenza Vaccine
You need a flu vaccine every year for optimal protection; yearly vaccination is needed because:
It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body to develop full protective immunity.
Some people are at high risk of complications for the flu, including children under 5, and those with chronic conditions. The CDC offers more information about persons at high risk.
Some Children May Need 2 Doses
Some children may need two doses of flu vaccine this season to be fully protected. Children younger than 9 years old who are getting vaccinated for the first time will need two doses of vaccine. Some children who have received influenza vaccine previously also will need two doses of vaccine this season to be fully protected. Healthcare providers can tell families if their child needs two doses.
You Have Options for Receiving Your Influenza Vaccine
Nasal spray vaccine is available. The nasal spray is an option for healthy, non-pregnant people 2-49 years of age. 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.
Influenza Vaccine is Safe
Millions of doses of influenza vaccine have been administered to people safely for decades.
Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!
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.
Last Updated: 12/5/2013