November 6, 2016

Never Say: "It's Just the Flu" Flu Prevention 2016

Richard Besser, MD, chief health and medical editor at ABC News (@abcDrBchat), recently hosted a live tweet chat on influenza (flu) prevention using the hashtag #abcDrBchat, in partnership with NFID (@NFIDvaccines) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (@CDCgov).

With nearly 1 million impressions, the tweet chat provided an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the 2016-2017 flu season, currently available flu vaccines, and other flu prevention strategies including proper hygiene and staying home when sick to avoid contact with others. Messaging encouraged everyone six months and older to #GetVaccinated annually to help #FightFlu!

Highlights from the tweet chat included the following:

Discussion topics included the importance of getting an annual flu vaccine, who should get vaccinated, the importance of practicing healthy habits to prevent the spread of flu, common myths and misperceptions, and challenges to reaching public health goals for influenza vaccination…

The chat concluded with participants sharing valuable resources about flu…

For additional information on how to prevent flu, visit

To join the conversation, follow NFID on Twitter (@nfidvaccines) using the hashtag #FightFlu, like us on Facebook, join the NFID Linkedin Group, and subscribe to NFID Updates.