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National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 5-11

National Influenza Vaccination Week is a national awareness week that highlights the importance of getting your annual influenza (flu) vaccine. Flu vaccines can protect you and your loved ones from the flu and its potentially serious complications. According to the CDC, everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season, with a few rare exceptions.

Vaccination can reduce the impact of the flu, but is not 100% effective. As a result, diagnosis and treatment of influenza can be important for many people. Influenza tests can be used to determine if someone has an influenza virus infection. For certain patients, diagnosing the flu can help speed up treatment and avoid unnecessary or unhelpful medications. For example, influenza testing can help determine if someone might benefit from antiviral treatments. Diagnosis can also help slow the spread of the virus since someone who knows they have the flu can take steps to avoid transmitting it to others. 

There are at-home flu tests available, including at-home self-collection kits that also test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. The goal of this combined testing is to look for two separate viruses that can cause similar respiratory symptoms and may have the potential to trigger more serious complications.

Need help finding out where you can get a flu shot? Try the VaccineFinder on the CDC’s site. 

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