Thanks to theVaccination Disparities Partnership at the CDC for sponsoring this post with valuable information about the flu. Remember to consult your doctor if you have medical questions.
No doubt many of us are getting everything ready, at least in our minds, for winter break and the holidays. And it’s exactly because of this that we need to prepare for staying healthy now in order to enjoy all the fun and festivities of the season.
Right now the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are promoting National Influenza Vaccination Week which started today and continues through Dec 14th, with the goal of creating awareness about the importance of getting the vaccination as soon as possible.
The CDC established National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in 2005 to highlight the importance of continuing to received the flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.
The CDC is an invaluable resource for information about influenza and its consequences. Here is some information they shared with us.
There are many myths about the flu vaccination, according to the CDC, here are three common ones.
Myth 1 “I don’t need the vaccination this year because I got it last year.”
The CDC say we need a flu vaccine each year for optimal protection. We need it yearly because flu viruses are always changing. Experts study trends in order to predict which flu viruses will spread each season, and each year the new vaccine is made to help protect against strains of influenza currently circulating.
Myth 2 “It’s too late to get the vaccine”
The CDC says flu activity usually peaks in January or later in the United States and can last as late as May. As long as flu viruses are circulating, it’s not too late to get vaccinated.
Myth 3 “The vaccination against influenza protects me from the moment I get it.”
The CDC say it takes about two weeks after vaccination for the immune system to fully respond with antibodies that develop in the body and provide protection. With flu activity starting to increase and family and friends gathering for the holidays, now is a great time to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones.
The CDC recommend the annual vaccination against the flu for all persons from the age of 6 months and up, especially those who are at higher risk of developing complications from the flu like:
- Children younger than 5 years
- People 65 years of age and older
- Pregnant women
- People with certain long-term medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions, and more.
For these higher risk groups, getting the flu can mean more serious illness, including hospitalization, or it can mean a worsening of existing chronic conditions.
For a full list of those at high risk of developing flu related complications and more resources for helping answer your questions click here.
And to find locations where you can get the vaccine, just enter your Zip code in the following window.
Let’s take care of our health!
Disclaimer: This post is intended for general informational purposes regarding National Influenza Vaccination Week only and should not be construed as medical advice. Please speak with your doctor or other qualified health care professional about your specific health needs. Please see Mama Latina Tips’ general health disclosure here.