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    National Influenza Vaccination Week

    by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | December 6th, 2015

    National Influenza Vaccination Week

    I know I have talked to you about getting the flu vaccine, however this is National Influenza Vaccination Week, so I felt you should be reminded one more time. The National Influenza Vaccination Disparities Partnership  works with the CDC to get the message out that there are certain groups that are at increased risk for developing serious flu-related complications because of lower vaccination rates and health disparities related to chronic diseases and conditions. These populations include Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and American Indians/Alaska Natives.

    The best prevention against the flu is a seasonal flu vaccination each year. Everyone aged six months and older should be vaccinated against the flu. It takes about two weeks after the vaccination to be fully protected.

    Remember the flu is different from a cold.

    Symptoms Cold Flu
    Fever Sometimes, usually mild Usual; higher (100 – 102 F); last for 3 to 4 days
    Headache Occasionally Common
    General Aches, Pains Slight Usual; often severe
    Fatigue, weakness Sometimes Usual; can last 2 to 3 weeks
    Extreme Exhaustion Never Usual; at the beginning of the illness
    Stuffy Nose Common Sometimes
    Sneezing Usual Sometimes
    Sore throat Common Sometimes
    Chest discomfort, cough Mild to moderate; hacking cough Common, can become severe


    Prevention: Wash hands often, avoid close contact with anyone who has flu symptoms and get the annual flu vaccine.

    If you have flu like symptoms, please seek medical care as soon as possible to get medication.

    For more information, please visit:

    2015 National Influenza Vaccination Week Key Points

    It Is Time To Get Your Flu Vaccine blog


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