CDC Influenza News and Highlights
December 5, 2014
The most recent FluView report for the 2014-2015 flu season shows that flu season is beginning in the United States. There are reports of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths, and activity is expected to increase in the coming weeks.
CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. There are documentedbenefits from flu vaccination, including reductions in illnesses, related doctors' visits and missed work or school. Vaccination also prevents flu-related hospitalizations and deaths. While some of the viruses spreading this season are different from what is in the vaccine, vaccination can still provide protection and might reduce severe outcomes such as hospitalization and death.
If you have not been vaccinated yet this season, get your flu vaccine now.
CDC recommends a three-pronged approach to fighting flu: get vaccinated, take everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs and take antiviral medications to treat flu illness if your doctor prescribes them.
The Long-Term Care Employers toolkit is a guide to increasing flu vaccination among healthcare personnel in long-term care settings. It includes resources intended to help long-term care facility owners and administrators provide access to influenza vaccination for their workforce, and to help anyone working in long-term care understand the importance of influenza vaccination for their employees.
- What You Should Know for the 2014-2015 Influenza Season
- Seasonal Influenza Q&A
- Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Supply for the U.S. 2014-2015 Influenza Season
Vaccination against flu is especially important for American Indians and Alaska Natives, who have been found to be at higher risk for complications from the flu. Protect yourself and your community by getting a flu vaccine.
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination; NIVW is December 7-13, 2014. Add this NIVW animated image to your website!