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Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition Encourages Vaccination Throughout the Influenza Season
Date:11/27/2007

a season may begin as early as October and end as late as May.

New survey data released by the CDC demonstrate that very few people seek influenza vaccination after November. According to a National Health Interview Survey, for the past two influenza seasons approximately 84 percent of all influenza vaccinations were administered during September through November, with a strong peak in early October and a drastic drop by early December. Because many people recommended for vaccination remain unvaccinated at the end of November, the CDC is encouraging public health partners and health care professionals to conduct vaccination clinics and other activities that promote the effectiveness of influenza vaccination during NIVW.

"There is a misconception among parents and others that influenza vaccination can only take place during a narrow period of time each fall. This misconception must be dispelled," said Coalition Moderator, Carol J. Baker, M.D., FAAP, FIDSA, President of NFID and Professor of Pediatrics, Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine. "Because influenza can continue to circulate as late as May, we need to continue providing influenza vaccination to patients who haven't received it throughout the fall and winter."

Denise Palmer of Families Fighting Flu, who lost her 15-month-old daughter to influenza in 2003, and Dan Jernigan, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Director of the Influenza Division of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC, are participating in communications activities on Children's Flu Vaccination Day to encourage parents and health care professionals to seek and give influenza vaccinations throughout the fall and winter.

CDC and Families Fighting Flu are member organizations of the Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition, a coalition made up of 25 of the nation's leading public health, medical, patient and parent groups dedicated to protecting infants, children and adol
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