The number of people who get vaccinated against influenza typically declines after the month of November. Today, more than 130 million doses of the 2009 H1N1 vaccine are available. With flu illness declining in many areas, Americans who have not been vaccinated now have an opportunity to protect themselves and their loved ones. Getting a seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccination in the next several weeks can help protect against illness, death and another possible wave of H1N1.
Jan. 10 – 16 is National Influenza Vaccination Week, an awareness event coordinated by the Department of Health and Human Services. Throughout the week, HHS will be emphasizing the importance of vaccinations to at-risk groups who are not yet vaccinated, hesitant about vaccination or unsure about where to get vaccinated.
This year’s national schedule targets at-risk people, including health care workers, people with chronic conditions, pregnant women, children and young adults.
If you are planning an activity during National Influenza Vaccination Week or beyond, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would like to hear from you. Please complete a form providing details about your activities.
Visit NSC’s employer H1N1 flu resources page for more information on how to prevent the spread of the flu.