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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.


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