Obama declares National Influenza Vaccination Week

President Barack Obama recently declared December 5 through December 11, 2010, to be National Influenza Vaccination Week.

Obama encouraged all Americans who have not yet done so,to get vaccinated and urge their families, friends and co-workers to do the same.

Obama reminded listeners to his proclamation of the fear caused by the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, its unpredictability and the severity of the disease.

“Tragically, influenza and flu related complications take American lives each year,” Obama said, according to “During National Influenza Vaccination Week, we remind all Americans that the flu vaccine is safe and effective in preventing the spread of flu viruses.”

The president reminded his audience that the flu vaccination is recommended for everyone over the age of six months, and that provisions have been made to make it more accessible.

“Under the new health reform law, the Affordable Care Act, individuals enrolled in new group or individual private health plans have no co-payment or deductible for influenza vaccinations,” Obama said, reports. “The vaccine is available through doctors' offices, clinics, State and local health departments, pharmacies, college and university health centers, as well as through many employers and some primary and secondary schools."

Obama closed the proclamation by appealing to the nation to maintain vigilance when it comes to the flu.

“Together, we can prepare as individuals and as a nation for this year's flu season and help ensure that our fellow Americans remain healthy and safe,” Obama said, according to