2020 National Influenza Vaccination Week

Health and Wellness

It's not too late to get your flu vaccination!

While the US remains focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, we also need to also be aware of flu season as winter approaches. Flu viruses typically spread in fall and winter, with activity peaking between December and February. National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) - December 6-12, 2020 - is a great opportunity to encourage all WIC participants 6 months and older, and staff, to get their flu vaccine.

The flu can cause mild to severe illness, but can also cause complications, some of which can be life threatening. Getting the flu vaccine is the most important step to protect against the flu especially for:

DYK? -  Women with influenza are more than twice as likely to be hospitalized if they are pregnant.

Test your Flu IQ with this interactive quiz.


Educate

Resources to help educate participants on flu and the flu vaccine include:

In addition to other flu resources on WIC Works, you can also find related resources, such as: 


Promote

In addition to CDC infographics, videos, and podcasts, those with a digital presence can use buttons and badges on their websites, and those with social media can:

  • Encourage followers to roll their #SleeveUp to fight the flu with a social media toolkit that offers customizable graphics for you to add your picture, sample messages and graphics.
  • Share information relevant to your participants with sample messages and graphics for the flu and pregnant women and how the flu vaccine protects children
  • Use the 2020 NIVW Digital Media Toolkit (for NIVW-specific resources) or the 2020-21 Flu Season Digital Media Toolkit, both of which offer animated images, web tools (like the flu vaccine finder widget below), printable materials and more in English and Spanish versions.


Assist

Help your participants find flu vaccines and pharmacies in their area, and share Flu & Pregnancy and Flu & Breastfeeding resources that cover medication safety for these populations. All participants should be encouraged to talk to their healthcare provider about medications they are or want to take.

Yung Woman with vaccination band aid
Developed by: HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention