Oh my GAWD, you guys! It’s December! We are well into the holiday season. How the heck did that happen? So much to do, am I right? I really don’t have the time to get sick and even if I did, I wouldn’t want to. I’ve spent far too much time sick this year. I had every intention of taking my entire family to get the flu vaccine before the holiday season and it just didn’t happen, but this week is the perfect week to do so and to remind you to do it too because December 8-14 is National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) and I am working with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to get the word out.
The CDC started NIVW in 2005 to emphasize the importance of getting the flu vaccine through the holiday season and beyond. There are still many misconceptions about the flu and the flu vaccine. For example, many people think it is too late to get the flu vaccine at this point and because of that flu vaccination rates drop significantly after late November. The thing is flu activity in the U.S. usually peaks in January or later with the entire season lasting until May. So, you see, it’s not too late.
Also, you may think that because you’ve had a bout of the flu already and recovered that you need not bother getting vaccinated. Well, that’s not true. Flu vaccines this year, depending on which one you get, will cover 3 or 4 different flu viruses.
Now, I totally get that it can be a hassle to find the time to go get your vaccination and just to be clear it is recommended you get vaccinated for the flu EVERY year, last year’s vaccine won’t cut it this year, but now you can get a flu shot in all sorts of places like the supermarket, drug store, and even some employers and schools offer them. So do it for yourself and also do it for those around you. Keep in mind that the people at high risk for developing serious flu complications are those that are younger than 5-years-old or 65-years and older.
I encourage you to check out the full list of people at high risk for developing flu-related complications and also find additional resources and information about the flu and the different complications it can cause in the overall health of a family.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with the CDC. All statements and opinions are my own.