National Influenza Week Started January 10, 2010
Baltimore- 1/12/10- National Influenza Week had been postponed from December until January due to vaccine unavailability. National Influenza Week is taking place from January 10, 2010 until January 16, 2010.
“Passport Health has responded to the CDC’s requests for a partnership and participating Passport Health locations plan to honor National Influenza Week by offering a 10% discount on Seasonal Influenza Vaccinations and H1N1 Vaccinations during the week of January 10, 2010 at participating locations,” said Fran Lessans, CEO of Passport Health, the largest provider of travel medical services and immunizations in the U.S.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each day of National Influenza Week will encourage a different at-risk group to receive the seasonal and H1N1 vaccination. This year’s CDC national schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, January 12
Those with a Chronic Illness
Wednesday, January 13
Children, Pregnant Women & Caregivers of Children >6 mo
Thursday, January 14
Young Adults (19-24 years of age)
Friday, January 15
Seasonal influenza (Flu) can be a severe respiratory infection that is contagious and can lead to several missed days of work or school. On average there are approximately 36,000 U.S. deaths and 200,000 U.S. hospitalizations a year from seasonal influenza. As stated by the CDC, seasonal influenza is unpredictable and may be worse this year due to the 2009 H1N1 virus. “We are definitely not out of the woods yet with H1N1 influenza; and, seasonal influenza will not peak until late February.” Our message is consistent,” continued Lessans. “Get your flu shot.”
For more information on National Influenza Week and participating Passport Health locations please call your nearest Passport Health at 1-888-499-7277 or visit our website at http://www.passporthealthusa.com/.