Amongst the cold winter months comes the winter flu season. With this year’s flu season there has been a greater concern now that we have watched the H1N1 Flu spread globally and first hand have seen lives effected by this illness in the states. From school classrooms to your place of employment everyone has been taking their own personal steps to educate peers on how to stay healthy during the flu season and steps you can take to help reduce your risk of becoming sick.
Today is the national kick off of to National Influenza Vaccination Week. This week is dedicated to promoting and educating on how children and adults can stay healthy. Every year, certain days of NIVW are designated to highlight the importance for different groups such as health care workers and children to get vaccinated. This year’s national schedule is as follows:
- Today — Kickoff
- Monday, Jan. 11 — Focus on the general audience and health care workers
- Tuesday, Jan. 12 — Focus on people with chronic health conditions that put them at high-risk of serious influenza-related complications
- Wednesday, Jan. 13 — Focus on children, pregnant women, and caregivers of infants less than 6 months old
- Thursday, Jan. 14 — Focus on young adults (19 through 24 years old)
- Friday, Jan. 15 — Focus on seniors
- Saturday, Jan. 16 — Wrap up
If you haven’t already now is a great time to go and get your flu or H1N1 shot so you can stay healthy this season.