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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Sleeve Up: December 6-12 is National Influenza Vaccination Week

If you are living with certain chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes or asthma, you are at higher risk of developing serious complications from flu, like pneumonia, bronchitis, and other illnesses that can lead to hospitalization or even death. Even if your chronic condition is well-controlled, flu can make your condition worse -- it can trigger asthma attacks, increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, and make your blood sugar harder to manage. 

Getting vaccinated against flu is always extra important for people with certain chronic conditions, but as the U.S. battles the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever.  

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) site for resources for health care professionals, resources for businesses and employers and tools from the NIVW digital toolkit including sample newsletter blurbs, posters and patient reminder messages for patient portals.



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