National Influenza Vaccination Week 2019


VaccinationDecember 1st-7th is National Influenza Vaccination Week. Although it may be well along in the season, it is not too late to get your flu shot. It is encouraged that everyone 6 months and older should receive the influenza vaccine that is appropriate for their age, unless they have a medical reason not to. The flu can be very mild or build to a severe illness with complications that may become life-threatening. The flu vaccine is the best step to protect people from contracting the virus. This is especially important for at risk populations who:

  • Are 65 years and older
  • Have chronic health conditions (i.e. Asthma, Diabetes, and Heart Disease)
  • Have a weakened immune system
  • Pregnant women

The annual shot will give protection against three to four flu viruses that are expected to be circulating this season. Getting an influenza vaccine would be the best chance to prevent getting the flu. Influenza usually has a sudden onset so you want to be mindful and keep a lookout for all of the following symptoms:

  • Fever or having the chills
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Body or muscle aches
  • Tiredness

Flu seasons can be erratic and start early fall and last into the late spring time. This vaccination awareness week helps health practitioners and providers reach a larger audience and bring together much needed resources before the flu season is in full swing.

You should consult with your medical professional before receiving a flu vaccine if you are allergic to eggs, since many of the injections contain some egg protein, and if you previously have had a severe reaction to a flu vaccine.

Although vaccination would be your best bet to defend yourself against the flu, there are other things you can do to help protect yourself from illness:

  • Everyone should wash their hands often and thoroughly with soap and water
  • Avoid toughing your eyes, mouth, and nose and
  • Get plenty of exercise, sleep, and fluids

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