National Influenza Vaccination Week – Get Your Flu Shot This Week

December 8, 2008

(ChattahBox) — The National Influenza Vaccination Week is set for Dec. 8 – 12 as a gentle reminder from State and federal health officials to visit your physician or health clinic to get your annual flu shot. Throughout the week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the importance of vaccinations to people who are at high risk, their close contacts and those who want to be protected against the flu.

Health officials are recommending for the first time that all children and teens including toddlers from 6 months to teenagers up to 18 months should get vaccinated. Other people recommended to get a flu shot are pregnant women, people 50 year or older, individuals with chronic conditions, nursing home residents, health care workers and household members. Each year several hundred people are killed as a result of flu or associated complications.

A new study also reveals that flu vaccinations for college students reduces the risk of illness and related health care visits and missed school days. According to a background study on 12975 students, 30.2 percent students had vaccination and 24.1 percent experienced at least flu like symptoms. In the US, each year nearly 9-20 percent of college students get the flu and studies revealed that those who get vaccinated were less likely to get sick than those who weren’t vaccinated.

“By getting your shot now, you will be almost fully immune by the holidays,” says the official. He also stated that normal sanitary habits also prevent contacting the flu virus. The National Influenza Vaccination week will also emphasize on adopting these habits like washing hands, using fresh handkerchiefs, etc.


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