Baltimore LGBT+ Advocates Promote Vaccination Amid Tragic Loss – WFAA.com

Title: National Influenza Vaccination Week: Urgent Call for Protection Amidst Christmas Travel Season

BaltimoreGayLife – As the busy Christmas travel season approaches, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are actively promoting influenza vaccination. In an effort to raise awareness and prevent the spread of flu, the CDC has officially declared December 4th to December 8th as “National Influenza Vaccination Week.”

Getting vaccinated during this dedicated week is particularly crucial as it offers protection by Christmas Day. It takes approximately two weeks for the flu shot to become most effective, ensuring individuals are safeguarded against the influenza virus during holiday gatherings and travels.

The CDC recommends flu shots for the vast majority of adults and children over the age of 6 months. This advice comes as alarming statistics emerge from the Cook Children’s Medical Center. The medical facility reported 56 positive influenza tests among patients from November 26th to December 2nd, with over 500 cases during the same week last year.

It is essential to recognize the significance of this high case count last season, as it marked the first flu outbreak after many Americans had stopped wearing masks to prevent COVID-19 infections. With the flu season in full swing, experts are eagerly monitoring the severity and contagiousness of this year’s flu strain.

Offering expert insights, Dr. Sandeepa Rajadhyaksha, a pediatrician at Cook Children’s Medical Center, emphasizes the importance of protecting oneself and loved ones by getting vaccinated before traveling and engaging in celebratory gatherings with family and friends.

Sharing a poignant reminder about the gravity of the flu, the Lastinger family courageously speaks out. Tragically losing their daughter to an influenza infection in 2004, they urge all adults to prioritize vaccination for themselves and their children. With their heartfelt message, they hope to highlight the seriousness of the flu and prevent further tragedies.

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In memory of their daughter, the Lastinger family established Families Fighting Flu, an organization dedicated to educating about the dangers of influenza and promoting vaccination. Through their tireless advocacy work, they strive to raise awareness about the importance of flu vaccination and honor their daughter’s memory.

As the nation observes National Influenza Vaccination Week, it serves as a crucial reminder to the Baltimore LGBT community and beyond to take the flu seriously and make responsible choices to protect ourselves and those around us. The gift of vaccination is an essential step towards a healthier and joyful holiday season.

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