National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), highlights the importance of getting an influenza vaccination every year. Seasonal influenza, often referred to simply as “the flu,” causes approximately 150,000 hospital admissions and 24,000 deaths annually in the United States. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.
- Access influenza resources compiled by the American Hospital Association
- Access influenza resources compiled by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
- Read APIC’s monthly alerts for consumers
- Influenza and pneumococcal immunization
- Protect the young: Parents and families are partners in preventing the flu
- Preventing the flu depends on you
- Learn infection prevention basics on the Infection Prevention & You website: Ask about vaccines
- Take the “What germ are you?” quiz
- Thank someone for getting a flu shot with these infection prevention eCards
- Use #UnitedAgainstFlu on social media to join the conversation
- Participate in the CDC Twitter chat on Thursday, December 11 at 2 p.m. Use the #NIVW2014 hashtag.
No more excuses, get your flu vaccine!