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National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW)

Established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2005, National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national awareness week created to emphasize the importance of influenza vaccination. In 2018, NIVW will be observed during the week of December 2nd through 8th. 

As an organization that focuses on flu awareness, prevention, and treatment, we have compiled special resources that can be used by healthcare providers, immunization stakeholders, public health partners and individual advocates to help highlight the dangers of flu and the importance of annual flu vaccination for everyone six months and older during NIVW.

 


Twitter Messages

  • Latasha was a healthy woman with a flourishing photography business. She couldn't afford to be out sick. But that didn't stop her from being hospitalized with flu. Now she gets an annual #flu vaccine to protect herself and everyone she works with. https://bit.ly/2y9HUDI #NIVW
  • The flu can be devastating. Even for healthy children like Cayden, who lost her life to flu within 48 hours of falling ill. Keep your home healthy by making sure everyone in your family gets their annual #flu vaccine. https://bit.ly/2BF9QSd @famfightflu #NIVW #FightFlu
  • As a healthy 12-year-old athlete Madi wanted nothing more than to stay in the game. But after spending 93 days in the hospital with flu she realizes that the best way to keep herself and her team healthy is to get an annual #flu vaccine. https://bit.ly/2S7c9Th @famfightflu #NIVW
  • As a Realtor, Cecilia had contact with lots of clients and coworkers. We will never know who gave her the flu virus that led to her death, but we know that when co-workers get their #flu vaccines, it can help keep flu out of the office. https://bit.ly/2z80PiH @famfightflu #NIVW
  • Each year otherwise healthy children, like Joseph, die from flu. But when you get your child their annual #flu vaccine, you can help keep flu out of school and reduce your child's risk of death by as much as 65%. Don't wait. Vaccinate. https://bit.ly/2AzWO6n @famfightflu #NIVW
  • Getting a flu vaccine isn’t just about keeping you healthy; it’s also about helping to protect others who may become very sick from #flu, like 3-year-old Ayzlee. https://bit.ly/2BsyCVd @famfightflu #NIVW #FightFlu
  • One day Martin was trying out for the baseball team. 24 hours later he died from flu. We may not know when flu will strike, but we know that annual #flu vaccines can help keep our teams healthy and our players in the game. https://bit.ly/2S9uz5P @famfightflu #NIVW #FightFlu
  • The one year Caroline's parents put off getting her a flu vaccine she ended up hospitalized with flu. It's not too late to get vaccinated, but every day you delay is one more day unprotected from the dangers of #flu. https://bit.ly/2QohcBt @famfightflu #NIVW #FightFlu

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Facebook Messages

  • The flu can be devastating. Even for healthy children like Cayden, who lost her life to flu within 48 hours of falling ill. Keep your home healthy by making sure everyone in your family gets their annual flu vaccine. https://bit.ly/2BF9QSd @FamiliesFightingFlu #NIVW #FightFlu
  • Latasha was a healthy woman with a flourishing photography business. She couldn't afford to be out sick. But that didn't stop her from being hospitalized with flu. Now she gets an annual flu vaccine to protect herself and everyone she works with. https://bit.ly/2y9HUDI @FamiliesFightingFlu #NIVW
  • As a healthy 12-year-old athlete Madi wanted nothing more than to stay in the game. But after spending 93 days in the hospital with flu, she now realizes that the best way to keep herself and her team healthy is to get an annual #flu vaccine. It's not too late to get yours too so you don't have to miss out on the holiday season! https://bit.ly/2S7c9Th @FamiliesFightingFlu #NIVW #SITG
  • Each year otherwise healthy children, like Joseph, die from flu. But when you get your child their annual flu vaccine, you can help keep flu out of school and reduce your child's risk of death by as much as 65%. Don't wait. Vaccinate. https://bit.ly/2AzWO6n @FamiliesFightingFlu #NIVW #FightFlu
  • There are lots of reasons to get a flu vaccine. One is to protect yourself from a potentially deadly disease. The other is to protect those around you. As a Realtor, Cecilia had contact with lots of clients and coworkers. We will never know who gave her the flu virus that led to her death, but we do know that annual flu vaccines can help keep our offices healthy. https://bit.ly/2z80PiH @FamiliesFightingFlu #NIVW
  • Getting a flu vaccine isn’t just about keeping you healthy; it’s also about helping to protect everyone around you who may be vulnerable to becoming very sick from flu, like 3-year-old Ayzlee. It's not too late to get yourself and your family their annual flu vaccines. https://bit.ly/2BsyCVd @FamiliesFightingFlu #NIVW #FightFlu
  • One day Martin was trying out for the baseball team. Just 24 hours later he died from flu. We may not know when flu will strike, but we know that annual flu vaccines can help keep our teams healthy and our players in the game. https://bit.ly/2S9uz5P @FamiliesFightingFlu #NIVW #FightFlu
  • The one year Caroline's parents put off getting her a flu vaccine she ended up hospitalized with flu. It's not too late to get vaccinated, but every day you delay is one more day unprotected from the dangers of #flu. https://bit.ly/2QohcBt @famfightflu #NIVW #FightFlu

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Add the "I'm a Flu Fighter" Frame to Your Facebook Profile Picture

One of the easiest ways for you to help raise awareness about flu prevention is to add our Families Fighting Flu "I'm a Flu Fighter" Frame to your Facebook profile photo. It's simple to do and will let others know that you support flu vaccination. It may even open the door to a conversation about flu with those social contacts that may still have questions about the benefits of flu vaccination.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE "I'm A FLU FIGHTER" FACEBOOK PROFILE FRAME


Share Your Flu Shot Selfie

Did you snap a photo when you got your flu vaccine?

Even if you were vaccinated weeks ago, sharing your #FluShotSelfie during NIVW is a great way to let others know that it's not too late for them to get their own flu vaccine. Send your flu shot selfie to contact@familiesfightingflu.org and we'll add it to our Vaccinated & Proud Photo Gallery on Facebook.

CHECK OUT OUR #FLUSHOTSELFIE PHOTO GALLERY ON FACEBOOK


Share Your Flu Story

Everyone has been touched by flu in one way or another. Maybe you're like our members and you've had a loved one who has been hospitalized or died from flu. Or maybe you have a personal perspective to share after suffering long-lasting health implications from flu. You may even have a friend, co-worker or neighbor who suffered greatly due to flu.  NIVW is the perfect time to speak up and share these stories to let others know that flu is a potentially dangerous and life-threatening illness and that it's not too late to vaccinate! Your story could help others realize that flu does not discriminate and that flu vaccination helps protect ourselves, our families, and our communities.

If you don't have a flu story of your own, feel free to share one of ours.  Just visit our Story Gallery to choose from over 40 different stories.  Find one that touches you and share it on social media in honor of NIVW!

visit ThE FAMILIES FIGHTING FLU STORY GALLERY


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