You may have mostly the holidays on your mind this time of year, but here's another thing to think about: the flu and the influenza vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimate that there are more than 30 million cases of seasonal flu in the United States each year, 200,000 of which require hospitalization and another 36,000 that result in death. While only older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications, the best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year and living a healthy lifestyle. And this is the perfect week to do it because it's National Influenza Vaccination Week!

National Influenza Vaccination Week is a national observance that was created to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of the flu vaccine after the holiday season and into January and the New Year. According to the CDC, the 2011-2012 flu vaccine protects against the three influenza viruses that are most common this year: influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus. 
National Influenza Vaccination Week lasts through the 10th. Will you be getting an influenza virus? Have you already? 

 

Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.

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