An influenza vaccine is given with a needle, usually in the arm. They protect against three or four influenza viruses that researchers indicate will be the most common during the season. While influenza vaccine varies in how well it works, every season influenza vaccine prevents millions of illnesses, tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths related to flu.
This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week is from December 1-7, 2019. Organized by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Influenza Vaccination week is used to remark the importance of flu vaccination through the holiday season and the rest of the year.
A CDC study shows that few people get the vaccine against influenza at the beginning of December, and more so at the beginning of the cold weather season. On average 8% of the U.S. population gets sick with the flu each year since children are the most likely to get sick from the flu, it’s important to prioritize their flu vaccine.