It's National Influenza Vaccination Week - Now's the Time!
It may feel like a mild flu season so far, but several states - Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee and Louisiana - are already reporting high flu activity. You can check weekly at the CDC's FLUVIEW
page that shows the level of flu cases for each State.
While many healthcare facilities, clinics, pharmacies and doctors start their flu vaccine campaigns in September, national influenza vaccination week is actually this week Dec. 2-8. There's clearly time to get your flu shot. It takes a few weeks for you to develop protection so the sooner you get it the better.
I often hear staff say they never get the flu so they don't need the vaccine. Well, that doesn't mean they are innately and permanently immune to this very common viral disease. This just might be the unfortunate year they DO get the illness.
Thank you to the many nurses who have taken the flu shot. Others may want to check Families Fighting Flu, a volunteer organization created to honor children who suffered major medical complications or death from the flu. There are moving stories about how flu impacted their lives.