National Influenza Vaccination Week

National Influenza Vaccination Week
An annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect against the flu.

041028-N-9864S-021 Yokosuka, Japan (Oct. 28, 2004) - Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Tiffany Long of San Diego, Calif., administers the influenza vaccination to a crew member aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Currently in port, Kitty Hawk demonstrates power projection and sea control as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, operating from Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Joseph R Schmitt (RELEASED)

December 7-11 is National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW). If you have yet to get your flu vaccine now is the time! It’s the single best way to prevent this serious illness and it’s 100% necessary if you want to protect yourself from the flu this year!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established NIVW in 2005 as a way to educate and communicate the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.

In the United States flu season is usually at its peak between December and February, but as long as the flu is going around, it is vital to receive a flu vaccine in order to avoid serious illness, doctor visits, and missed school or work days. Holiday gatherings are no fun when you’re suffering from the flu.

The CDC recommends that everyone over 6 months of age gets their flu vaccine, but there are individuals that are at higher risk. Those at high risk include: pregnant women, children younger than 5 (especially children younger than 2), people 65 years of age or older, people of any age with chronic or medical conditions. Other individuals that are high risk are healthcare workers and caregivers. If you would like to see a full list of people at high risk of serious complications from flu because of age or other medical conditions click here.

We hope that NIVW serves as a reminder of the importance of protecting yourself and your loved ones from the flu this year. Flu vaccines change every year, so it’s necessary to get the 2015-2016 vaccine for optimal protection. Enjoy the holiday season and avoid getting sick by getting your flu vaccine as soon as possible!

The Michigan Urgent Care family of clinics offers flu vaccines for adults and children four years of age and older. No appointment necessary – walk-ins are always welcome. All Michigan Urgent Care clinics are open 365 days, including all holidays. Let us help you stay safe from the flu. For more flu prevention tips, visit

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