National Influenza Vaccination Week is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination.
Influenza (the flu) can be a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death.
Anyone can get sick from the flu.
Much of the U.S. population is at increased risk from serious flu complications, either because of their age or because they have a medical condition like asthma, diabetes (type 1 and 2), heart conditions, or because they are pregnant.
a) For example, more than 30 percent of people 50 through 64 years of age have one or more chronic medical conditions that put them at increased risk of serious complications from flu.
b) For example, all children younger than 5 years (and especially children younger than 2 years), and all adults 65 years and older, are at increased risk of serious flu-related complications.
National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 8-14, 2013.
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