Health Department Promotes National Influenza Vaccination Week

For Immediate Release: November 28, 2007
Contact: Communication Office
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON - The Department of Health continues to encourage Vermonters to get their influenza (flu) shots before peak flu season arrives in January and February.

The Vermont Department of Health hopes to alter a trend where few people get vaccinated after November. Nationally, for the past two flu seasons, approximately 84 percent of all influenza vaccinations were administered during September through November.

As part of the second annual National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), November 26 to December 2, the Health Department is urging people to take advantage of the relatively few reported cases of influenza in the United States, including no confirmed cases reported in Vermont. Getting vaccinated is the best protection against illness if you are exposed to the flu.

“The sooner you can get vaccinated the better,” said Health Commissioner Sharon Moffatt, RN, MSN. “There are currently 11 public vaccination clinics available and there is an abundant supply of vaccine at provider offices statewide, so there is every opportunity for you to protect yourself and those around you.”

Every year, up to 20 percent of the U.S. population gets the flu. Older people, young children, and people with health conditions are at high risk for serious complications during flu season, which typically begins in December or January and continues through April of the following year.

More than 36,000 people in the U.S. die each year from complications of the flu, and approximately 200,000 people are hospitalized.

For a complete list of flu clinics in Vermont, visit http://healthvermont.gov/prevent/flu/flu_clinics.aspx;.

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