December 7-13, 2014: Influenza Vaccination Week

WHEREAS, between five and twenty percent of the United States population annually gets influenza, complications of which result in more than 220,000 hospitalizations; and,

WHEREAS, influenza, a vaccine-preventable disease, kills the most people globally and nationally with between 3,000 and 49,000 deaths each year; and,

WHEREAS, certain groups of people are more likely to have influenza-related complications if they get influenza, including children younger than 5 years of age, adults 65 years of age and older, pregnant women, and people with underlying medical conditions including, but not limited to, asthma, neurological conditions, chronic lung and heart disease, and people with weakened immune systems; and,

WHEREAS, influenza vaccination is the single best way to prevent influenza illness each year, however only 46 percent of individuals age 6 months and older in the United States were vaccinated for influenza in the 2013-2014 influenza season; and,

WHEREAS, during this week, we join with the Michigan Department of Community Health to raise awareness of the seriousness of influenza illness and the importance of influenza vaccination for all persons age 6 months and older; we encourage citizens who have not yet been vaccinated for the 2014-2015 influenza season to do so to protect themselves, their families, and their communities;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Sunday, December 7 through Saturday, December 13, 2014 as Influenza Vaccination Week in Michigan.