CDC: Get Your Flu Vaccine

Anna Briseno

Shopping, parties and travel are occupying the time of many Americans this holiday season, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging people to add one more important item to their holiday to do list: get vaccinated for the flu. This message is part of National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), December 4-10, led by the CDC to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination throughout the holiday season and beyond.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. The illness can cause hospitalizations, even death. Flu vaccination, according to the CDC, is the best way to protect against this potential serious disease. Getting vaccinated can reduce illness, doctor visits, pneumonia and protects other people around you.

This year, as a part of NIVW, the CDC is hosting a Reddit Science Ask Me Anything on Tuesday, December 6, 1:00 p.m. EST. The digital Q&A forum will feature CDC Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD) technology expert John Barnes, Ph.D., who will be answering Reddit users’ questions about how the agency is using AMD technology to improve influenza virus monitoring and directly inform the development of better-performing influenza vaccines.

The CDC is also sponsoring a NIVW Hashtag Challenge on Wednesday, December 7. The agency will use the hashtag #PutFluInAFilm starting at 11 a.m. EST. Challenge participants can choose a movie, replace one of the words in the movie title with the word “flu,” and tweet the movie title with the challenge hashtag. For example: The Hunger Games: Catching Flu. #PutFluInAFilm Don’t catch the #flu this season. A flu vaccine is the 1st & best protection against flu.

For more information about flu vaccination, click here, and for ideas to spread the word on social media using the hashtags #NIVW #FightFlu, click here

Anna Briseno is the Communications Manager at Research!America.

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