Today begins National Influenza Vaccination Week. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends influenza vaccination for all people aged 6 months and older. Influenza vaccination is especially important for those at higher risk for influenza-related complications. These high risk people include children aged less than 5 years, people with heart disease, asthma, chronic lung diseases, and diabetes, pregnant women, morbidly obese people, and people aged 65 years and older. Healthcare professionals are also at higher risk for getting influenza and pose a serious threat as they can give it to their patients.
The observance started in 2005 to stress the importance of annual influenza vaccination. As of November 15, 2013, about 126 million doses of 2013–14 seasonal influenza vaccine had been sent to vaccination providers in the US.