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How To Get Involved In National Influenza Vaccination Week

December 8, 2020

It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention established NIVW in 2005. The CDC and its partners choose December for NIVW to remind people that even though the holiday season has begun, it is not too late to get a flu vaccine. The reminder is even more important this year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Much like coronavirus, influenza can result in serious health complications. This includes pneumonia. It can also lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. That’s why public health professionals, healthcare professionals, health advocates, communities, and families from across the country work together each year, in early December, to promote flu vaccination before the traditional winter peak in flu activity.

So, let’s take a look at some of the ways you can use National Influenza Vaccination Week to educate yourself and your loved ones about staying healthy.

National Influenza Vaccination Week Information

The campaign information includes:

  • NIVW activities and materials like posters, videos and fact sheets
  • NIVW Media Toolkit with information on how to develop key messages, press materials, and train spokespersons
  • NIVW Web Tools - Podcasts, ecards, buttons, banners and badges for download; and influenza campaign articles
  • The Vaccine Finder tool allows you to find a vaccine clinic near your home
  • The Medfinder tool allows you to find a pharmacy offering flu shots near your home by putting your zip code into a search box.

There are also ready-to-use influenza articles for placement in local newspapers, magazines or other publications.

NIVW Links To Try

They also give some related links, useful any time of the year. They include:

  1. Every Child By Two (ECBT) seeks to raise awareness about the dangers of influenza and the importance for all parents to have their children vaccinated beginning at 6 months of age. See the ECBT website for more information about flu vaccinations or vaccination centers.
  2. Families Fighting Flu, Inc. (FFF) is a nonprofit, volunteer-based corporation made up of families and healthcare practitioners who have experienced firsthand the death of a child due to the flu or have had a child experience severe medical complications from the flu. Through education and advocacy, FFF hopes to improve the rates of annual childhood influenza vaccinations and help reduce the number of childhood illnesses and deaths caused by the flu each year.

Feel free to use the information provided for flu prevention to help keep your family and community healthy and happy year-round.

You can also use our interactive webpage “Flu vs. Coronavirus” to help you stay safe this winter. The page is packed with information about both viruses, including their similarities, differences, and whether you can contract both at the same time.

Flu vs Coronavirus