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Two influenza education innovations from the United States

Details of two innovative initiatives designed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase awareness of influenza and seasonal influenza were recently published on the CDC website. These were a national Influenza Week and the Flu IQ.

1. CDC Flu week
The National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national US event established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination during the influenza season 2010-11 and beyond. From 5 December through 12 December 2010, NIVW events and activities around the United States focussed on the importance of vaccinating different groups of people, broadly following the  consecutive order within a calendar week:

  • Sunday - NIVW Kickoff
  • Monday - Family Vaccination Day
  • Tuesday - Chronic Conditions Day
  • Wednesday - Employee Health/Health Care Worker Day
  • Thursday - Older Adults Vaccination Day
  • Friday - Young Adults Vaccination Day
  • Saturday - NIVW Wrap-up

More details of this initiative are available at the CDC website: National Influenza Vaccination Week: Get Vaccinated

2.  US CDC Flu IQ
The Flu I.Q. widget is an interactive quiz to test the readers flu knowledge, developed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published in their website.

Read more about the Flu I.Q. widget

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