It's 2016 National Influenza Vaccination Week

It's 2016 National Influenza Vaccination Week

Monday, December 5, 2016

What you Should Know About the Flu Vaccination

  • An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against this potentially serious disease.
    • Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits, pneumonia, need for antibiotics, missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
    • Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.
    • Getting vaccinated yourself also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.
  • Despite the unpredictable nature of the flu, you should know:
    • You need the 2016-2017 flu vaccine for optimal protection against the flu this season because:
      • Flu viruses are constantly changing, and this season’s vaccines have been updated to protect against the viruses that surveillance data indicate will be most common this flu season, and
      • A person’s immune protection from vaccine declines over time so annual flu vaccination is needed for the best protection against the flu.
    • It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection.
    • While seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, flu activity is usually highest between December and February, though activity can last as late as May. As long as flu activity is ongoing, it’s not too late to get vaccinated, even in January or later.
    • With flu activity increasing and family and friends planning gatherings for the holidays, now is a great time to get a flu vaccine if you haven’t been vaccinated yet this season. A flu vaccine can protect you and your loved ones from the flu.
  • Find a place near you to get a flu vaccine with the HealthMap Vaccine Finder.
  • Visit CDC’s Frequently Asked Flu Questions 2016-2017 Flu Season to find out what’s new for the 2016-2017 influenza season
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