As part of our continuous effort to promote timely flu vaccination, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pleased to announce the second annual National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), taking place November 26 to December 2, 2007. NIVW serves to remind people who have not yet been vaccinated that the time to get a flu vaccine continues into winter ― through January or later, when the influenza season typically peaks.
Begun in 2006, NIVW is a joint effort of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and CDC, the National Influenza Vaccine Summit, and other immunization partners. Local health departments, public health partners, and providers are encouraged to enhance vaccine availability by scheduling additional clinics, extending clinic hours, and facilitating mass vaccination in retail and other locations during NIVW and through the remainder of the influenza season.
The American Nurses Association's (ANA) Center for Occupational & Environmental Health continues to be involved in advocating for increased seasonal influenza vaccination rates of health care workers. For the 2007-2008 influenza season, ANA has released their updated Influenza Backgrounder (see below). ANA also recently released a PDF version of the "ANA's Best Practices of Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programs for Health Care Personnel" brochure (see below), which provides a guide to health care organizations wishing to increase seasonal influenza vaccination rates in their facilities.
For additional resources, go to ANA's Center for Occupational & Environmental Health.
For more information on NIVW, visit www.cdc.gov/flu.