The 2010/2011 NIVW season is December 5-11, 2010. More information will be posted soon.
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as foster greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January and beyond.
As you remember from last year, the CDC ended up moving the previously scheduled December week into a week into January to focus on late-season H1N1. At this time, we don't anticipate the CDC moving NIVW week this year but it is too soon to tell. You can find more information about NIVW here - www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw/.
The 2009 NIVW season was rescheduled from December 2009 to January 10-16, 2010. Last year, 12 VNAA members participated in NIVW and in total provided 1,329 seasonal flu vaccines and 6,840 H1N1 flu vaccines as a direct result of their NIVW and late season clinics. The clinics also were attended by more than 8,347 people.
Since the spread of 2009 H1N1 influenza is likely to continue into the new year, NIVW will be an important opportunity to promote uptake of 2009 H1N1 flu vaccination at a time when demand for vaccine usually drops significantly. While influenza is unpredictable, and while we do not know the likelihood of a future wave of H1N1 influenza, we do know that if more people are vaccinated, the disease is less likely to spread in the coming months.
One of the many goals for NIVW is to engage at-risk audiences who are not yet vaccinated, hesitant about vaccination, or unsure about where to get vaccinated. Every year, certain days during NIVW are designated to highlight the importance for certain groups, like health care workers and children, to get vaccinated.
Targeted Week Days for Jan. 10-16, 2010, NIVW
Sunday, January 10: Kickoff
Monday, January 11: Healthcare workers
Tuesday, January 12: Chronically ill - People with chronic health conditions
Wednesday, January 13: Children, pregnant women, caregivers and families with infants less than 6 months
Thursday, January 14: Young adults (college-age; 19-24 year olds)
Friday, January 15: Seniors
Saturday, January 16: Wrap Up
December 2009/January 2010 Downloadable Resources from CDC - December 2010 Materials Coming Soon
CDC Web Resources