December 2nd through 8th, 2012 has been designated as National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in the United States. This is a campaign by the CDC to encourage all eligible Americans to get vaccinated against the flu. It's not too late!
The flu is an often underestimated illness and many people don't believe flu vaccines are safe or effective. About Cold/Flu and the CDC want to get the truth out there about the flu and flu vaccines. We are working together to educate and inform as many people as we can about how flu vaccines work, who should get them and what your options are.
"Influenza is a serious disease that kills thousands of people each year," said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden. "Influenza season is upon us and vaccination is the single most important step someone can take to protect themselves. I received my vaccine and I want to encourage anyone who has not gotten vaccinated to go out and get one - it could mean the difference between health and sickness, life and death."
There will be events around the country from various organizations spreading the word about flu vaccines and offering flu shot clinics. To see if there are any events in your area, check the CDC's NIVW Activities Page.
Even if there aren't any events listed in your area, you can still participate by taking the CDC Flu Vaccination Pledge and following the About Cold/Flu blog all week. Each day we will post a new blog discussing how the flu impacts different groups and how the flu vaccine could benefit you.
Flu activity is picking up across the country, so getting your vaccine now is important. Protect yourself and those around you and get vaccinated.