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It’s Flu Season, but It’s Not Too Late for a Flu Shot!

HealthInsight Recognizes National Influenza Vaccination Week Dec. 4-10

Salt Lake City - With flu activity increasing and family and friends planning gatherings for the holidays, now is a great time to get a flu vaccine if you have not had one yet. A flu shot can protect you and your loved ones. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. This season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend only flu shots (not the nasal spray vaccine).

While seasonal flu activity varies, flu activity usually peaks between December and February, though activity can last as late as May. As long as flu virus is circulating, it’s not too late to get vaccinated, even in January or later. An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against this potentially serious disease. Even if you have already gotten sick with flu this season, it is still a good idea to get a flu shot. Flu vaccine protects against three or four different flu viruses (depending on which flu vaccine you get).

“Flu seasons can be difficult to predict. The severity of flu and peak activity varies from season to season. Getting a yearly influenza vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your family against flu,” said Deepthi Rajeev, PhD, MS, MSc, HealthInsight immunizations project lead. “It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones this flu season.”

Find a place near you to get a flu vaccine with the HealthMap Vaccine Finder at vaccine.healthmap.org.

Support National Influenza Vaccination Week

December 4-10, 2016, is National Influenza Vaccination Week (or NIVW). The CDC Established NIVW in 2005 to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond. A goal of NIVW is to remind people that even though the holiday season has arrived, it’s not too late to get their flu vaccine.

HealthInsight: Improving Immunization Rates for Older Adults

HealthInsight is partnering with more than 1,000 physicians and practitioners, 100 home health agencies and 60 critical access hospitals in Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah to improve influenza, pneumonia and shingles vaccinations for Medicare patients and those with both Medicare and Medicaid insurance. For more information, visit http://healthinsight.org/improving-immunization-rates.