National Influenza Vaccination Week
When: December 5- 11 2021
What: National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is an annual observance in December to remind everyone 6 months and older that there’s still time to get vaccinated against flu. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at higher risk of developing serious flu complications, including people with certain chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease. In fact, in past flu seasons, 9 out of 10 adults hospitalized for flu had at least one underlying medical condition.
Since flu viruses are constantly changing and protection from vaccination decreases over time, getting a flu vaccine every year is the best way to prevent flu. Flu vaccines are the only vaccines that protect against flu and are proven to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
Together, we can use NIVW as a nationwide call to action to encourage everyone 6 months and older to get their annual flu shot, especially those at higher risk. The more people vaccinated against flu, the more people are protected from flu.
How: From December 5-11, join the CDC in observing National Influenza Vaccination Week, reminding everyone 6 months and older that there’s still time to get a flu vaccine. Included below are CDC’s NIVW resources, vaccination messages, and activities you can use to share key flu information with your networks.
- Social Media Content: Use the suggested Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn copy to spread the word. Schedule content to remind your networks about the importance of flu vaccination throughout the week. Use #FightFlu to join the conversation all week long and tag us at @CDCFlu on Twitter!
- Shareable Assets: Share why you get an annual flu vaccine and encourage others to do the same with customizable photo frames and social Story templates.
- Twitter Chat With the Coalition to Stop Flu
- Template Matte Release
- Sample Newsletter Blurb: Include this sample copy in your email newsletter or other communications to let others know about NIVW and the upcoming activities.
- Patient Reminder Messages: Remind patients at your practice to get their annual flu vaccine by sharing these messages through your patient portal or other reminders.
- Printable Poster & Flyer
We hope you will join us this year as we encourage everyone—especially those at higher risk—to protect themselves and their loved ones from flu this season by getting a flu vaccine.
Information adapted from https://www.cdc.gov/flu/resource-center/nivw/activities.htm#anchor_1605890898798
December: Holiday, Candle and Christmas Tree Fire Safety
The top three days of the year for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve. Help increase awareness about holiday fire safety in your community by sharing these messages on social media:
- Only use decorations that are flame-retardant or not flammable.
- Check holiday lights each year for frayed wires or excessive wear.
- Don’t link more than three strands of holiday lights.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended. Consider using battery-operated flameless candles.
- Keep your live Christmas tree away from heat sources and room exits.
- Water your live Christmas tree daily to keep it from becoming dry.
Information adapted from https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/holiday.html
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