Hospitals this week joined in celebrating National Influenza Vaccination Week, created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to highlight the importance of flu vaccination into the holiday season and beyond. “For the past two years, the American Hospital Association has stood United Against the Flu with the CDC,” AHA Chief Medical Officer John Combes, M.D., writes in today’s AHASTAT blog post. “Our online hub,, provides information and resources on getting the flu vaccine and why it’s important for nearly every person to get vaccinated. We encourage you to visit the website and engage with us and the other health care organizations via Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms. It may be the season of giving, but you don’t want to give the flu to those you love.”