It’s national flu vaccination week
Established in 2005 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NIVW was created to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccinations after Thanksgiving and into January. CDC recommends that every person six months and older receive an annual flu vaccine.
Vaccination is the best protection against the flu and from flu-related complications according to the CDC.
“Influenza is highly contagious and is caused by the influenza virus,” explains Melissa Propp, SWNPHD public health nurse. “The virus is spread from person to person primarily through droplets, which are released when an infected person coughs or sneezes. We highly recommend regular handwashing and covering your cough, especially during the holiday season.”
“If you are experiencing flu symptoms, please stay home for at least 24 hours after you are free of fever, without taking fever reducing medication,” shares Propp. “We offer a special flu vaccine for people aged 65 years and older due to their higher risk for flu complications.”
It takes approximately two weeks to receive complete immunity from influenza after getting the vaccine. Vaccination is very important for people with health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and chronic illnesses.
Keeping communities healthy will take everyone sharing these messages during National Influenza Vaccination Week Dec. 8-14.
For more information, contact Propp at 308-345-4223 or email: