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Don't Let Influenza Ruin Your Holidays - Get Vaccinated
Date:12/11/2007

NFID Urges Influenza Vaccination Into the New Year

BETHESDA, Md., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- With the hectic holiday season in full swing, getting vaccinated against influenza, commonly known as "the flu," is an important way to keep you and your family healthy. Too many people think influenza vaccination is only effective if done in October and November, but the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is reminding Americans that getting vaccinated throughout the winter months is beneficial and critical to stopping the spread of this disease. With a record number of doses and numerous opportunities to get vaccinated -- from doctor's offices to local health departments and clinics to shopping malls -- getting vaccinated is more convenient than ever before, even for busy holiday shoppers.

More than 218 million Americans are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for influenza vaccination, but vaccination rates in the United States remain shockingly low -- with more than one-third of Americans 65-plus, one of the highest risk groups, skipping vaccination each year. Every year, the demand for influenza vaccine plummets after Thanksgiving, leaving many Americans unprotected from the disease, including those at highest risk for serious complications.

"Even though Thanksgiving is behind us, taking the necessary steps to protect yourself from influenza should continue," says Susan J. Rehm, MD, Medical Director, NFID. "But the longer you wait, the more you put yourself, and others, at risk for the disease and its serious complications. Getting vaccinated is an important and easy way to keep the entire family healthy this holiday season and in 2008."

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