JACKSON, Miss. – This week, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recognizes National Influenza Vaccination Week at all county health departments.
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of encouraging influenza vaccination after the holiday season into January and beyond.
“This year, it’s especially important for everyone to get both the seasonal and 2009 H1N1 (swine flu) vaccines,” said Interim State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier. “It’s the best form of protection against both types of influenza.”
On Thursday afternoon, Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin and Dr. Mary Currier will hold a press briefing to update the public on swine flu both nationally and in Mississippi. Dr. Benjamin will be in Mississippi as part of a national tour during NIVW.
Dr. Currier reminds all Mississippians that vaccination is the best protection against the flu. Swine flu vaccinations are free at all county health departments and are available for everyone.
“Those who have not received the swine flu vaccine could find themselves vulnerable in the event of a third wave of swine flu. This is the perfect window of opportunity for personal protection if you have not already received the vaccine,” said Dr. Currier.
For more information on NIVW or the importance of influenza vaccinations, visit the MSDH website at www.HealthyMS.com or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov.