12/07/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/07/2017 18:00
December 07, 2017
Influenza (flu) season is already under way: it typically begins during October or November and peaks December through February. In an effort to encourage vaccination, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated the week of December 3-9 as National Influenza Week.
According to CDC, flu can impact anyone, at any age-even individuals in good health. Symptoms can include sore throat, fever, and body aches, but more serious symptoms and illnesses can arise. CDC recommends adults and children as young as six months old to get vaccinated, in order to boost collective immunity.
The American Hospital Association (AHA), in partnership with CDC, is helping to raise awareness about the importance of vaccination. Its dedicated website provides providers and consumers with vital information and resources about the flu vaccine, as well as toolkits for health care practitioners. Additionally, AHA and CDC co-hosted a Twitter chat to help educate the public about this year's flu season, and dispel myths about the flu and its vaccine. You can revisit and join the continuing conversation with #UnitedAgainstFlu.
HAP continues to work with state and federal agencies, AHA, and the health care community to encourage vaccination for consumers, caregivers, and hospital employees.
For more information about influenza vaccination education and outreach efforts, please contact Rob Shipp, HAP's vice president, population health strategies.