February 6, 2020

Flu Fact of the Week

Influenza (flu) is still circulating widely throughout the US. Flu is unpredictable and can vary from season to season in terms of both timing and severity. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the US between December and February. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone age 6 months and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this potentially serious disease.

To raise awareness about the importance of annual flu vaccination, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) participated in two recent Twitter chats to share valuable resources about flu prevention and treatment.

NFID co-sponsored the @EverydayHealth Twitter chat, #ItsStillFluSeason, on January 21, 2020 to address flu symptoms, treatment options, and vaccines. Highlights include:

NFID also participated in a Twitter chat hosted by the National Hispanic Medical Association (@NHMAmd) on January 29, 2020, noting that ‘Flu Season Isn’t Over’ (#NHMAFluChat). NFID messages focused on the importance of annual vaccination for those at high risk of developing flu and related complications. Flu can lead to serious complications for individuals living with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, even when chronic conditions are well-managed. Highlights include:

If you have not yet received a flu vaccine this season, it’s not too late to #GetVaccinated to help #FightFlu!

To join the conversation, follow NFID on Twitter using the hashtags #FightFlu and #LowerYourFluRisk, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, join the NFID Linkedin Group, and subscribe to receive future NFID Updates.