National Influenza Vaccination Week

National Influenza Vaccination Week, December 2-8, 2018, is a national awareness week focused on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination. During the 2017-2018 flu season, 7,530 people in Wisconsin were hospitalized due to flu-related complications, and 379 people died – twice as many as the year before – including three children. With only 36% percent of state residents getting the flu shot last year, there is room for improvement this flu season, said State Health Officer Karen McKeown. Nationally 43.3% of adults received the flu vaccine in the 2016-2017 flu season, according to the CDC. A recent study by Nowak, Cacciatore, and Len-Ríos (Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 711) examined factors influencing adult acceptance of the flu vaccine. It concluded that increasing flu vaccination coverage in the U.S. requires a greater focus on 19–64 year-olds. Efforts should aim to: increase awareness of vaccination recommendations; foster a sense of being informed about the vaccination’s benefits and the risks associated with non-vaccination; and increase confidence that vaccination leads to meaningful benefits.

Read the full article at: