During National Influenza Vaccination Week, held Dec. 2-8 this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asks everyone to take a pledge to get their flu vaccines for the 2012-2013 season and to encourage their friends and families to do the same.
National Influenza Vaccination Week was established in 2005 to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January and beyond.
According to CDC, flu vaccination activity tends to drop after November. National Influenza Vaccination Week serves to remind everyone that it’s still not too late to get your flu vaccine – even if you’ve already come down with one strain of the flu. The vaccine covers three different flu viruses.
Vaccines especially are important for people at high risk for developing serious complications from the flu, including children under 5, people over 65, pregnant women and those with medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, heart disease, neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions, blood disorders, morbid obesity, kidney and liver disorders, HIV/AIDS and cancer.