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ECDC - European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

10/18/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/16/2021 18:00

Flu Awareness Week, 18-22 October 2021

The campaign is organised by WHO/Europe and aims to increase the uptake of seasonal influenza vaccination of people in risk groups.

ECDC supports the Flu Awareness Week by providing scientific evidence on vaccination and promoting vaccination uptake among risk- and priority groups.

Why a specific campaign on influenza?

Influenza is usually mild and most people recover quickly, but some people are at high risk of serious complications, some of which can be life-threatening and result in death. The elderly, pregnant women, young children and people with underlying health conditions are more likely than others to develop severe disease if they should be infected. In addition, health care workers are more exposed to different viruses on a daily basis, including the influenza virus, and should be vaccinated to protect themselves and their patients.

Influenza is a disease with high social and economic costs, and vaccination is the best way to prevent the disease. As influenza viruses change, vaccination against influenza is needed every year to keep up with the circulating viruses. In the northern hemisphere, the seasonal influenza circulation is observed between November up to May, so October is the optimal time to receive an influenza vaccination.

Join the initiative to increase vaccination coverage by raising awareness of the importance of vaccination!