NIVW 2017 will be observed December 3-9.
- The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.
- People of every age, including people in good health, are at risk of flu.
- Influenza can cause illness and sometimes severe disease in persons of any age.
- Flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands or tens of thousands of deaths each year in the United States.
- Although a majority of hospitalizations and deaths occur in people 65 years and older, even healthy young children and younger adults can have severe disease or even die from influenza.
- About 100 deaths from influenza among children are reported each year to CDC.
Flu Vaccination for People at High Risk
Another goal of NIVW is to communicate the importance of flu vaccination for people who are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications.
- People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease or lung disease, and people aged 65 years and older.
- For people at high risk, getting the flu can be more serious than for other people. Flu is more likely to lead to hospitalization or death for people at high risk.
- Flu vaccine uptake estimates among adults 50 years and older fell by 3 percentage points last year. That means many more adults were left vulnerable to flu and its complications.
- Anyone who gets flu can pass it to someone at high risk of severe illness, including infants younger than 6 months who are too young to get the vaccine.
- A full list of people who are high risk of developing flu-related complications(http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/high_risk.htm) available.
For more information, please visit www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw/