National Influenza Vaccination Week
January 8, 2009
Starting Sunday, Jan. 10, National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) will coincide with activities and events happening around the country to help boost rates of immunization for seasonal and H1N1 influenza. From Monday to Friday, this blog will be updated with the latest NIVW news and events. Post your own news and information in our comments box.
One of the many goals for the week''s activities and outreach initiatives is to engage at-risk populations who are not yet vaccinated. Each day will focus on a new target group including healthcare workers, those at risk for complications from the flu, children, pregnant women, young people between the ages of 19 and 24, and seniors.
If your local health department is planning any activities for NIVW, you can inform the CDC by filling out an online form.
To kick off NIVW, NACCHO will host a Webinar on Jan. 11 to discuss innovative uses of alternative vaccine clinic venues. Information follows below.
Webinar on Alternative Sites for Flu Vaccination Clinics: Recent Experiences and Lessons Learned
When: Monday, Jan. 11, 2010
Time: 1:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M. E.S.T.
Topic: NACCHO will sponsor a webinar discussing local health department (LHD) and community agencies use of alternative influenza vaccination clinic sites. Speakers will include a representative from Vote & Vax, an organization working to provide vaccinations at polling places nationwide; as well as staff from two local health departments, Champaign-Urbana (IL) County Health Department and the Palm Beach County (FL) Health Department, who will discuss their innovative work with social service agencies, supermarkets and pharmacies. Register online.
Help Spread the Word!
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made it easy to help communicate the importance of vaccinating against the flu. With free resources available online, you can send a card to your friends, family or coworkers urging those you care about to get the vaccine. There are also free print materials and Web site updates for healthcare workers and community leaders.
CDC NIVW Resources:
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