Friday Five – National Influenza Vaccination Week
This past week was National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), an annual observance in December to remind everyone 6 months and older that there’s still time to get vaccinated against flu. This week’s Friday Five provides information about this year’s flu vaccine, how pandemic preparation helps flu season, and an experimental mRNA vaccine.
Experimental mRNA Vaccine May Protect Against All 20 Influenza Virus Subtypes
An NIH-funded team has developed a unique “universal flu vaccine” that, with one seasonal shot, has the potential to build immune protection against any of the 20 known subtypes of influenza virus and protect against future outbreaks.
— Lawrence A. Tabak (@NIHDirector) December 6, 2022
Information for Health Professionals
As a #nurse, your recommendation to get a flu vaccine has a huge impact on a patient’s decision to get vaccinated. @CDCFlu has created resources for health care professionals to use when talking about the vaccine with their patients. Check them out: https://t.co/jm8hmqEiFl pic.twitter.com/NR9hj2U3hI
— Nurses Association (@ANANursingWorld) December 3, 2022
Four ways pandemic preparedness improves efforts to prevent seasonal influenza
Healthcare providers and public health officials know the importance of getting annual vaccines to protect against the influenza virus strains commonly circulating. What people don’t always think about is that work on pandemic influenza preparedness improves seasonal vaccine quality and availability, too.
Preparing for the next influenza pandemic helps people every year when they get their seasonal #flu vaccines. Find out about ways that continued advances in pandemic preparedness are making a difference this flu season. https://t.co/etcS1OprqR #NIVW pic.twitter.com/uiGea5QJIb
— HHS ASPR (@ASPRgov) December 5, 2022
Wellness Wednesday- How to Avoid the Flu with Nurse Lauren
In case you missed it, we’ve included a Wellness Wednesday post from a few weeks ago where our own Nurse Lauren provides tips to staying healthy and avoiding illness this flu season.
— HealthcareNOWradio (@HCNowRadio) October 19, 2022
Frequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions: 2022-2023 Season
Check in with CDC and find answers to frequently asked questions about flu and what is different for the 2022-2023 influenza (flu) season. Also, in case you missed it, review CDC’s 2022–2023 Recommendations for Influenza Prevention and Treatment in Children: An Update for Pediatric Providers.
HCPs: Flu is a serious threat to children as it can cause severe illness or death. On Sept. 15, a COCA call presented CDC and AAP recommendations for treating influenza in children for 2022-23. Watch the video now if you missed it: https://t.co/7bejLuBeIp pic.twitter.com/kT4WRvzqmD
— CDC Flu (@CDCFlu) December 6, 2022