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National Influenza Vaccination Week

I Get it!

While the US remains focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, we also need to 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 5-11, 2021 - 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 flu resources on WIC Works, you can find other immunization-related resources, such as: 

 

COVID-19 and Children

  • CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19.
  • Although children are at a lower risk of becoming severely ill with COVID-19 compared with adults, children can
    • Be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19
    • Get very sick from COVID-19
    • Have both short and long-term health complications from COVID-19
    • Spread COVID-19 to others
  • Children with underlying medical conditions are more at risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared with children without underlying medical conditions.
  • The best way to protect children against COVID-19, including the Delta variant—in school, in sports, and with their friends—is by getting them vaccinated.

Children may get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, including the flu vaccine, at the same time.

 

Promote

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

  • Encourage followers to Get It! and share the reasons on social media and elsewhere using the “I Get It” Frames, social stories panels, and additional social media 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 CDC Digital Media Toolkit: 2021-22 Flu Season containing social media images and messages, web buttons and badges, videos, and print-ready materials like posters and flyers (some available in Spanish or multiple languages).

 

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 taking or want to take.

 

 

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