(KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Health says National Influenza Vaccination Week will be December 4 through 10.
The national observance was established to highlight the importance of influenza vaccinations and encourage more people to be vaccinated after the holiday season, into January and beyond.
“Getting vaccinated is the single best way for people to protect not only themselves against flu, but their loved ones as well,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Acting Director Dr. Kenneth Soyemi. “The flu season typically runs from October to May, with the peak around January, so get vaccinated today before all the holiday parties and family gatherings.”
The IDPH says one of the biggest myths about the flu is the person gets the flu from a flu shot. They say the influenza vaccination cannot give you the flu because the flu shot contains killed viruses, and the nasal spray has weakened viruses that cannot cause illness.