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It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week!

Posted on November 30, 2023
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As we embrace the holiday season, prioritizing the health and well-being of ourselves and our loved ones often takes a back burner to decking the halls and participating in joy and merriment. 

In the spirit of safeguarding against the flu this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched its annual timely awareness campaign, National Influenza Vaccination Week, from December 4-8, 2023. NIVW is a critical reminder that everyone six months and older still has time to protect themselves and their loved ones from influenza this flu season by getting their annual flu vaccine! This goes hand in hand with our mission at Families Fighting Flu to educate families about the seriousness of influenza and the vital importance of annual vaccination. 

Why NIVW Matters for Flu Prevention

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows that flu vaccination coverage was lower last season, especially among certain higher-risk groups, such as pregnant people and children. In 2022, flu hospitalizations in the United States also reached some of their highest levels in a decade. With airports expected to see record-breaking crowds this holiday season, this week is meant to remind people that there is still time to benefit from the first and most important action in preventing flu illness and potentially serious flu complications: getting their flu vaccine

What Should You Do This 2023-24 Flu Season?

Getting vaccinated remains the first and most important line of defense against influenza viruses. Even if you’ve received a flu shot in the past, it’s important to get another each year as the circulating viruses change, and the shot is less effective over time.

When you choose to get a flu shot every year, you’re not just protecting yourself against illness and flu-related hospitalization– you’re also reducing the risk of flu-related illnesses and hospitalizations for others. Whether you’re a parent, a caregiver, or an individual looking out for your own well-being, getting vaccinated is a small yet impactful action that can have a lasting effect on your health and the health of your community.

This NIVW, let’s prioritize health and take a collective stand against the flu. Take the time to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, and encourage those around you to do the same. Together, we can create a healthier, safer environment for everyone. 

When and Where to Get the Flu Vaccine

Flu shots are readily available at various locations, including local pharmacies, primary care providers, flu clinics, and even through some employers. To simplify the search for vaccination sites, Vaccines.gov provides a comprehensive list, making it easy for individuals to locate the most convenient and accessible options. This user-friendly resource facilitates informed decision-making regarding where to receive the flu vaccine.

For those seeking a deeper understanding of the flu and its prevention, our website details the importance of annual vaccinations, dispels common myths surrounding the flu, and aims to empower individuals with the knowledge necessary to make informed health choices.

In the spirit of community well-being, we encourage everyone to explore these resources, schedule their flu shots promptly, and contribute to the collective effort of creating a healthier and safer environment for all. Knowledge combined with action is the key to safeguarding yourself and those around you during flu season.

Learn More About Families Fighting Flu

Founded in 2004, Families Fighting Flu (FFF) is a national, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) advocacy organization dedicated to protecting children, families, and communities against the flu through education about the seriousness of influenza. Our organization includes families whose loved ones have suffered serious medical complications or died from influenza, as well as other advocates and healthcare professionals committed to flu education and prevention.

In honor of our loved ones, we work to increase awareness about the seriousness of the disease and to reduce the number of hospitalizations and deaths caused by the flu each year by increasing vaccination rates for everyone six months and older.  Learn more about our mission and resources here so that you can empower your family to stay healthy this holiday season.

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