Don't Be One. Get One.
Dec 03, 2012
It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), and while I plan to focus on our national efforts to reduce the thousands of hospitalizations, and even deaths, that occur in the United States each year as a result of seasonal influenza, I wanted to kick off the week with a little Canadian humor.
The focus of National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is to highlight that it’s not too late to get your flu shot. But Rick says it best in his PG-13 rant below.
It’s just a little prick. Don’t be one. Get one.
Over a period of 30 years, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from about 3,000 to 49,000 people, illustrating the fact that the flu is unpredictable and can be very severe. Even previously healthy people can get seriously ill from the flu, and it’s difficult to predict when the flu may strike. As you can see from this map of recent flu activity in the U.S., the flu is already circulating throughout the nation.
It’s not too late to get vaccinated.
The flu is out there, but there is still time to get vaccinated. By doing so, you’re not only reducing your risk of getting the flu, but helping protect others as well. Infants, elderly people, people with asthma, diabetes, heart and lung conditions and even pregnant women, are all at high risk for suffering with complications from the flu. Throughout the week, our posts will focus on the importance of flu vaccine for each of these demographics. Hopefully, you can share the information in our posts to encourage the people in your life to get vaccinated.
So do you part. Take the CDC Flu Vaccination Pledge and help us spread the word about National Influenza Vaccination Week!
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