National Influenza Vaccination Week

Henrietta Brewer
December 4, 2017

This year's flu season is off to a fast start and early indications suggest that it may be more severe than the previous season, NBC News reported.

By getting a shot of inactive flu strains, the body builds an immunity towards the strain which helps fight off the sickness.

Influenza activity is rising across the US with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting recent widespread activity in several states. "So we have seen some cases but ... we don't have a lot of people in hospital, for example, with flu at this point". The weekly report is now available online at and will be updated each Friday before noon.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) established National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in 2005 to remind people that, even though the holiday season has begun, it's NOT too late to get a flu shot.

It takes about two weeks for good protection to kick in. There are still 58 of those vaccines available.

A mismatched flu vaccine can still lower the risk of contracting influenza. In addition, good health habits such as washing hands often with soap and warm water, avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth, and staying at home from work or school when sick will also be emphasized. The CDC does not recommend nasal spray to be used this flu season. But a year ago, a baffled CDC said it was no longer protecting against certain influenza strains as well as regular flu shots - and told doctors not to use it. Only injectable influenza vaccine formulations will be distributed in the United States.

Number of times each month during which the flu season peaked from 1982 to 2016. "Those would include fever, cough, sore throat, runny, stuffy nose, fatigue, any kind of chills they may be having". Flu can be very contagious. There were 260,000 doses of vaccine ordered for the current flu season, and more can be obtained if needed.

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