Add Flu Vaccine to Your Holiday To Do List – National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) 2013

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with National Influenza Vaccination Week Campaign for the CDC.

With flu activity starting to increase and family and friends gathering for the holidays, now is a great time to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones. CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) established National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in 2005 to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.

Have you gotten your flu vaccine? It's not too late! It's National Influenza Vaccination Week.

The holidays are here and that means more friends and family gatherings. You and your family may be around more people in close quarters than you normally are. Take precaution and get vaccinated against influenza.


The flu vaccine is the best way modern medicine currently has to protect against this potentially serious disease.

Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors' visits, missed work due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.

You need the 2013-14 flu vaccine to protect against the flu viruses experts predict will spread this season.

You need a flu vaccine every year for optimal protection.

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the immune system to fully respond with antibodies that develop in the body and provide protection.

Flu activity usually peaks in January or later in the United States and can last as late as May. As long as flu viruses are circulating, it’s not too late to get vaccinated.

Who should get vaccinated?

While CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older, there are groups of people who are at high risk for developing flu-related complications.

People at high risk for developing serious flu complications include children younger than 5 years, people 65 years of age and older, pregnant women, and people with certain long-term medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions, blood disorders, morbid obesity, kidney and liver disorders, HIV or AIDS, and cancer. For these people, getting the flu can mean more serious illness, including hospitalization, or it can mean a worsening of existing chronic conditions. A full list of “People at High Risk of Developing Flu–Related Complications” is Vaccination available at


Once vaccinated, you can enjoy this holiday season knowing that you have taken the single best step to protect yourself and your loved ones against the flu. If you don't know where you and your family can get vaccinated, enter your zip code in the Flu Vaccine Finder below to locate a suitable clinic near you. 

You may want to share this information with your loved ones this holiday season, you can download a flyer from CDC here. If you want your loved ones to protect themselves from influenza, too, take the CDC Flu Vaccination Pledge for the 2013-2014 season!

Melanie Mendez-Gonzales

Original content creator for ¿Qué Means What? Texas Latina mom blogger celebrating culture in education, entertainment and family life.

29 Responses

  1. I dont do vaccine nor do I give them to my children, but this was a good read

  2. Petro Neagu says:

    Great post! Very imformational. And thanks for posting as it reminds me we've entered the flu season with no shots yet. I'm particularly worried for my 2 years old daughter.


  3. my son just had his flu shot a week ago! Thanks for all the info

  4. I try to get my flu shot every year if I remember.

  5. Michelle says:

    I have only gotten flu shots when I am pregnant, but my kids every year.

  6. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I decided to not vaccinate this year. If my kids get sick I will deal with it then. 

  7. Deborah says:

    I think this is a great idea.  However, when I get the flu shot, I actually get the flu.  I'm sure that is the exception.

  8. Dee says:

    We vaccinate, but don't do the flu shot.  Thanks so much for the information! 🙂

  9. Mandi says:

    Good reminder for those that choose to get it! I always forget without a few reminders!

  10. We get the shot every year to try to stay ahead of getting the flu.

  11. Debbie Denny says:

    I should think about this more. Thanks

  12. brett says:

    we haven't done flu shots for the kids in many years but i am waffling about doing it this year.  not an easy decision

  13. Vonnie says:

    We've never gotten our flu shots.  In all my years, I've only had the flu twice and of those times was when I was pregnant!

  14. Definitely adding to my to-do list!!!

  15. Sarah R. says:

    All my kids are up to date for this year. Now it's time to get my shot!

  16. Almost everyone in our house is updated except my son, and his appointment is next week. My Mom got her vaccination today. I've accepted the flu vac. since my son was born, because I didnt want to subject him to any unncessary risk since I was working around a lot of potential risks. Now, he is around lots of kids regularly so we all keep our regular appts.

  17. Dawn Lopez says:

    Thanks for sharing this! My son had his already.. I need to get one too! 

  18. Pam says:

    My daughter has to get a flu shot each year. Thanks for an informative read on the subject. 

  19. Shauna says:

    Thank you for the reminder… I need to schedule mine… 

  20. trisha says:

    We dont do the flu vaccintation but its great info for those interested.



  21. It is important to get flu shots to keep from getting sick and to keep from infecting others.

  22. I actually did get a flu shot this year, something I hadn't done in probably seven years. So far so good!

  23. We almost lost a 12yo family member to complications from the flu last year, so our choice to vaccinate was strengthened after that. Only the older kids and adults in my family get it, though. We hope to not bring it home to the littles!

  24. Dawn says:

    I still need to get a flu shot. Thanks for the reminder.

  25. Irma huerta says:

    Way to go ,,,,keep up the good work I love to read all your post on this pages very informational .thank god bless you….

  26. katherine says:

    I don't vacinate but this was an interesting read

  27. Thank you for the information but I have never done the flu vaccine not have I gotten it for my kids.. Last year I had the flu and I was pregnant. Thankfully it was only for a short duration. I  have heard of peopel getting the vaccine and caught the flu and have had it bad. 

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