2015 National Influenza Vaccination Week

Every fall I post my recommendation that everyone get a flu shot.

In support of this week being National Influenza Vaccination Week (what, you haven’t heard?), here is a pretty cool animated video from NPR: Flu Attack! How A Virus Invades Your Body

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which sponsors Vaccination Week, offers these key points on their seasonal flu webpage:

  • CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza disease.
  • CDC and its partners want to remind you that even though the holiday season has arrived, it is not too late to get your flu vaccine.
  • As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination can provide protection against the flu and should continue.
  • People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease or lung disease, and people aged 65 years and older.
  • For people at high risk, getting the flu can mean developing serious flu-related complications, like pneumonia, or a worsening of existing health conditions, which can lead to hospitalization or death.

Flu is widespread in most states, although it hasn’t peaked yet. That means there is still plenty of virus spreading around in school, work places and shopping malls!

Luckily, there is plenty of vaccine available, too, and it’s definitely not too late to get vaccinated.

The vaccine is a pretty good match this year, but it still takes about two weeks after vaccination to be fully protected.

Don’t let the flu ruin your holiday season—get vaccinated this week!

Sláinte,

Frugal Nurse

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