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Get Vaccinated During National Influenza Vaccination Week

During December, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) recognizes National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 5-11, 2021). It is recommended that all people 6 months and older receive an influenza vaccination, also known as flu shot.

The flu is shown to disproportionately impact communities of color, with Black (69 per 100,000), American Indian or Alaskan Native (49 per 100,000), and Hispanic Americans (45 per 100,000) having higher flu-related hospitalization rates than White Americans (38 per 100,000). In addition to being disproportionately impacted by the flu, Black, American Indian or Alaskan Native, and Hispanic Americans also have lower flu vaccination rates than White Americans.

As we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, getting a flu shot remains an important part of protecting yourself. While research on the commonality of catching the flu and COVID-19 at the same time is ongoing, it is possible to catch both. The symptoms for both are also the same, which makes it hard to tell the difference if you’re simply using symptoms.

During National Influenza Vaccination Week, CMS OMH is highlighting the importance of getting vaccinated. As part of this commitment, we’re sharing the resources below to help you encourage flu vaccines.

Pediatric Vaccine Partner Webinar
On Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET, CMS OMH and the Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign will be hosting a Pediatric Vaccine Partner Webinar. The webinar will offer attendees the opportunity to learn more about newly released recommendations on COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11, federal COVID-19 resources, and more. Register today.

Resources

Flu Vaccines are Safe

Flu vaccines have a good safety record. Hundreds of millions of Americans have safely received flu vaccines over the past 50 years, and there has been extensive research supporting the safety of flu vaccines.

A flu vaccine is the first and best way to reduce your chances of getting the flu and spreading it to others. CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receive a flu vaccine every year.

Visit the CDC website to learn more about flu vaccines.

Flu Vaccines are Effective

While flu vaccine effectiveness can vary from season to season, every year flu vaccines provide important protections against flu.

CDC estimates the burden of flu and the impact of annual flu vaccination in the U.S using a model that estimates the numbers of flu illnesses, medical visits and hospitalization prevented by vaccination.

Visit the CDC website to learn more about how vaccines work.

Flu Vaccine Updates for the 2021-2022 Season

A few things are different for the 2021-2022 influenza (flu) season, including things like composition of the flu, licensures and so on.

Visit the CDC website to learn more about the updates.

Flu Vaccine Information on AAIP’s Website

In an effort to increase influenza vaccinations in American Indian and Alaska Native populations AAIP has partnered with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Visit the AAIP website.

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