Fight the Flu #NIVW

Melita Lynch, Portland State University

Oregon Immunization Program Intern

December 3-9, 2017, is National Influenza Vaccination Week (or NIVW). NIVW highlights the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond. Getting vaccinated yourself protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with chronic health conditions. This week serves as a reminder that it’s not too late to get vaccinated for the flu!




Protect yourself and your family this season with an annual flu vaccine for everyone in your family who is 6 months of age and older. While the timing of flu season is unpredictable, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and last as late as May. As long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination should continue throughout the flu season in order to protect as many people as possible against the flu. Once you get the vaccine, it takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop in the body to protect against influenza virus infection. Now is a great time to get a flu vaccine if you have not gotten vaccinated yet—it’s not too late!

The Oregon Immunization Program encourages flu vaccination for everyone six months and older. People everywhere including people in good health, are at risk of contracting the flu. Even if you’ve already became ill from the flu, the vaccine still can provide protection. The 2017/2018 flu vaccine provides protection from three to four of the most common circulating flu viruses. Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect against this serious disease. You have the power to protect yourself and your loved ones against the flu this season!


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