CDC Influenza News and HighlightsCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent this bulletin at 12/13/2013 02:38 PM EST
December 13, 2013
general public, pregnant women, and health care providers. If you have not gotten your flu vaccination yet this season, you should get one now.
What you need to know for the 2013-2014 Season
- What is quadrivalent flu vaccine?
- Why was the quadrivalent flu vaccine developed?
- Who can receive the flu vaccine?
- Who shouldn't get the flu vaccine?
NIVW Press ConferenceA new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today during National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) highlights the benefits flu vaccine can provide, estimating conservatively that influenza vaccination prevented 79,000 hospitalizations and 6.6 million illnesses last season. The report also underscores how severe flu can be; it includes an estimate that 381,000 Americans were hospitalized from the flu last season.
Despite the benefits of vaccination and the potential severity of the flu, CDC also announced that fewer than half of Americans have gotten vaccinated so far this season. The agency hopes this information will encourage people who are still unvaccinated to get their vaccine before the 2013-2014 flu season takes off.
NIVW Week RecapNational Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is coming to an end and has been a very successful week! Many flu promotion and vaccination events have been occurring throughout NIVW. Flu vaccination events have occurred in 25 markets in collaboration with local health departments, faith-based groups, private sector, and pharmacies targeting health disparate populations.
The week kicked off with a successful twitter chat. The hashtag used during the twitter chat, #NIVW2013, became a “trending topic” which Twitter uses to list the most talked about topics across the world, in real-time. A Press Conference was held on Thursday with Dr. Tom Friedan and Dr. Anne Schuchat to discuss flu activity and early-season influenza vaccination coverage estimates. A national Radio Media Tour took place Thursday and Friday with 40 scheduled interviews that will be played across the nation.
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