American College of Physicians wants all adults to get influenza vaccine for National Influenza Vaccination Week 2021

National Influenza Vaccination Week is Dec. 5-11

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is encouraging all adults to get the influenza vaccine in honor of National Influenza Vaccination Week, which runs from Dec. 5-11. Last year influenza cases were low, but as people gather for holiday events once more there is a potential for an increase in numbers.

“National Influenza Vaccination Week is a reminder that every season is different and people need to protect themselves by getting a flu vaccine,” said George M. Abraham, MD, MPH, MACP, President, ACP, in a press release. “All adults should get their recommended immunizations, including the influenza vaccine, which help prevent illness, missed time from work, disability, and hospitalizations.”

Patients can get vaccinated at the office of their primary care doctors or at community-based vaccine centers such as pharmacies. The ACP approved information can be found at the Adult Immunization Resource Hub, as well as a in a series of YouTube videos addressing misinformation surrounding vaccines.

“Vaccines are safe and effective,” Abraham said. “It is especially important for people at high risk of flu-related complications including all adults over 65, adults with chronic conditions, and women who are pregnant.”