National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 5–11

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We get it to help #fightflu. National Influenza Vaccination Week: December 5-11

National Influenza Vaccination Week, observed December 5–11 this year, is a call to all Americans 6 months and older to get their annual flu vaccine. Flu is a major public health concern, and this week is a reminder that there is still time to get a flu vaccine—the only vaccine that protects against flu—to prevent flu illness and potentially serious complications. Getting a vaccine every year is the best way to prevent flu because flu viruses constantly change, and vaccination protection decreases over time.

Vaccination in December or later is still beneficial, and the vaccine is especially encouraged to help everyone stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccines are particularly important for people who are most vulnerable to 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.

Many Vaccine Options

For the 2021–2022 season, CDC recommends use of any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine. These include:

There are many flu vaccine options, and CDC does not recommend any one vaccine over another. Different vaccines are approved for different groups of people.

Getting a flu vaccine is the best way for everyone to protect themselves and their loved ones from flu. Join our nationwide call to action with resources, messages, and activities from CDC’s Digital Media Toolkit and join the conversation online with #FightFlu.