December 3rd through 9th spotlights the importance of Influenza Vaccination and handwashing awareness to help individuals stay well and prevent illness as we enter the winter months.
CDC established National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in 2005 to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.
Flu vaccination coverage estimates from past seasons have shown that few people get vaccinated against influenza after the end of November.
Last season only about 40% of the US population recommended to get a flu vaccine reported having been vaccinated by the end of November.
- 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.
- As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination should continue throughout the flu season in order to protect as many people as possible against the flu.
- Even if you haven’t yet been vaccinated and have already gotten sick with flu, you can still benefit from vaccination since the flu vaccine protects against three or four different flu viruses (depending on which flu vaccine you get).