The American College of Physicians (ACP) is reminding the public to get their H1N1 influenza shot as National Influenza Vaccination Week begins January 10.
"National Influenza Vaccination Week (January 10-16) provides an important opportunity for physicians to remind people how important it is to get their H1N1 and seasonal flu shots," said Joseph W. Stubbs, MD, FACP, president of the ACP. "While infections have declined in recent weeks, getting vaccinated now if you haven’t already can help stop a potential third wave of H1N1 flu and prevent serious illness or death."
"Physicians should immunize themselves, their staff members, and their patients with the H1N1 and the seasonal flu vaccines," said Stubbs. "They are safe, effective, and the best way to protect you and your loved ones against H1N1 flu."
According to the ACP, more than 125 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine are now available. Between April and November 2009, the H1N1 virus infected more than 45 million Americans, resulting in more than 200,000 hospitalizations and nearly 10,000 deaths.
The ACP still cautions that certain groups are at a higher risk for serious H1N1 flu complications. These groups include: pregnant women, health care and emergency medical service providers, children, young adults under the age of 25, and adults between the ages of 25 to 64 with an underlying chronic medical condition. It is also advised that people who live with or provide care for infants less than 6 months old to be vaccinated.