The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC, state and local health departments and other health agencies will observe National Influenza Vaccination Week Dec. 7-13, 2014, with educational and promotional activities scheduled across the country. The observance began in 2005 to highlight the importance of annual influenza vaccination. As of Nov. 14, 2014, about 139.7 million doses of the 2014-15 seasonal influenza vaccine had been distributed to vaccination providers in the U.S, according to a news release.
Educational materials, Web tools and the CDCs planned activities for National Influenza Vaccination Week are available at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw/index.htm.
Information and resources for healthcare professionals are available at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals and include:
The new toolkit for long-term care employers
2014-15 flu vaccination communication plans and strategies
Communications to healthcare providers
How effective is the flu vaccine? – a CDC Medscape expert commentary
Flu activity and surveillance data for current and past flu activity
Information on vaccines and immunizations
Provider resources for vaccine conversations with parents
General materials regarding influenza vaccination are available at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources.
According to the release, influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons 6 months of age or older. Persons at higher risk for influenza-related complications include children under age 5; people with certain chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, asthma, and diabetes; pregnant women; and adults older than 65. In addition, healthcare personnel are at greater risk for acquiring influenza and can transmit it to their patients, according to the release.