being MVP: It's National Influenza Vaccination Week | Have You Gotten Your Flu Shot? #NIVW2014 @CDCFlu

It's National Influenza Vaccination Week | Have You Gotten Your Flu Shot? #NIVW2014 @CDCFlu

Flu season is upon us – again, and I’m not happy about. The flu is the bane of my winter existence. Having the flu is bad enough, but when the kids get it. Well, let me just say that even the sweetest children can get a little testy when they feel like dirt.


Did you know? Every year an estimated 20,000 children younger than 5 years old are hospitalized for flu complications. Like pneumonia. Everyone in your family who is 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine. This year, Next year, Every year. #getafluvax

Flu Season is a Drag

Flu season is a drag if you don’t take the proper steps to keep the dreaded bug at bay. Nobody has the time to lay in bed with a fever and chills, and nobody wants to see their precious little angel sacked out on the couch looking like a sick puppy. That’s why I’m excited to let you know about National Influenza VaccinationWeek, or NIVW. It was established in 2005 to highlight the importance of flu vaccination through the holiday season and afterwards, as well.

Remember to Take 3 actions to fight flu this season. 1. Get a Vaccine in shot or mist form. 2. Wash your hands. 3. Take antivirals if prescribed by your doctor if you get the flu.

Get Your Flu Shot

Out of all the ways you can keep sickness out of your house this flu season, getting your flu shot is the most important. The flu is nothing to sneeze at. Did you know that every year 20,000 children are hospitalized every year due to the flu and its complications? Many of them die. Children under five years of age are at higher risk of serious flu complications, and children younger than two even more so.

Remember, it’s never too late to get your flu shot. Even if you manage to make it through the most active part of the flu season, you’re still at risk for contracting the flu as far into the spring as May. So get that vaccination.


Know Your Family’s Risk this Flu Season 

The peak of flu season is between December and February. Which just happens to coincide with a number of holidays that involve prolonged human interaction. It’s the perfect breeding ground for the flu, so it’s important to know your risk. Children and the elderly are most at risk. Every year there are over 53,000 deaths due to the flu and pneumonia – a common flu complication. The vast majority of these deaths are children, the elderly, and those with chronic health problems. Again, get that vaccination this flu season!


Flu Season is Here and it’s Heinous 

The flu is a vicious beast just waiting to take a bite out of you and your family, so it pays to have all the knowledge you can. There’s an enormous amount of information on this subject. In fact, there’s too much to cover in one article. Follow the links below for even more information on the flu and how you can protect yourself and your family this flu season.





23 comments:

  1. I don't get flu shots because I have never had the flu. My kids get them, though.

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  2. We get our flu shots every year. It's hideous, and none of us want it!

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  3. We haven't gotten flu shots in a few years now, but I've been thinking we should this year. better safe than sorry!

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  4. Ugh, the flu. Didn't they just say that the flu shot this year doesn't even protect against the most prevalent strain that's going around? Lots of hand washing!

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  5. I had no idea their was a week to raise awareness! I have never gotten a flu shot, but I know a lot of people swear by it!

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  6. The flu IS a drag! It's the worst, and it's so dangerous. We get our flu shots every year without fail.

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  7. I got my flu shot several months ago. I've been bugging my husband about getting his. He should have done it when I did.

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  8. I actually got the kids' their shits and forgot about me! Going tomorrow!

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  9. I haven't scheduled an appointment yet but I will have to!! Thank you for reminding me!

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  10. I get my Flu shot every year. I have Asthma and do not want to risk getting sick.

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  11. Ugh. The Flu! My son is so lucky. He doesn't get flu shots and he has never had the Flu.

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  12. We have not gotten the flu shots in this house. I am not really big on them.

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  13. I haven't gotten my flu shot yet, but I definitely need to. Maybe I will do it this week. :)

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  14. With a medically complicated baby, we find flu shots very important.

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  15. I get the flu shot every year. I am immunocompromised so it is a necessity for me. I have heard of a few people getting the flu already this year and that is scary!

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  16. I really hope that I don't get the flu this year so I definitely try to follow safety precautions to ensure that I don't. I especially can't stand to see someone leave the restroom without washing their hands.

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  17. I didn't know there was a week for it! We still need to get ours actually.

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  18. I do not usually get the flu. I may reconsider this year after reading your post.

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  19. We all have the flu shot, I started it last year when the flu got really bad. I wanted to protect my kids the best way I could. We got shots again this year. So far, so good!

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  20. We always get our flu shot every year, but this year I'm hearing that it probably didn't do much good.

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  21. My entire family gets our flu shot every year. I think it's important to keep us and those around us safe! Even though it's not a great match this year, it sounds like it should at least provide a little protection. Thanks for sharing such a good message!

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  22. I have watched as others get the flu and it sounds down right horrible. Thanks for sharing some info with us! I would hate to watch a loved one, or myself, suffer from the flu. It can hit anyone :(

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