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Flu Vaccination Week

What is Flu Vaccination Week and Why Does it Matter? This year’s National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is from December 5th to December 11th. It’s a week that is observed annually in December to remind everyone 6 months and older that there is still time to get vaccinated against the flu. Vaccination is of heightened importance for people who are at higher risk of developing serious flu complications. This includes people with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease. In previous flu seasons 9 out of 10 adults hospitalized for flu had at least one underlying medical condition.
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What Seniors Should Know About the Flu

According to Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu often doesn’t get taken as seriously as it should. In fact, the number of people between the ages of 50 and 64 and 65 and older who were vaccinated during the 2015-2016 flu season decreased by 3 percent. Seniors, infants and women who are pregnant are at greater risk for developing the virus than other groups. The CDC reports that 71 to 85 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths occur in those 65 and older – that same group also makes up about
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Valuable advice on how to avoid the flu

According to a video news report posted on the ABC News website, 47 U.S. states have reported widespread flu outbreaks. And although the worst may be behind us, it will continue to be important for Americans – regardless of age – to take measures to prevent a flu attack. To decrease the chances of getting hit with the flu this season, the Huffington Post published an article with a handful of tips and suggestions. They are as follows: 1. Wash your hands One of the most effective and easiest methods of flu prevention is something we should all do several
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