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Flu Season

The Importance of Annual Flu Prevention

Today kicks off 2015 National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW). To highlight the importance of annual flu prevention, NFID is launching the inaugural NIWW blog relay, featuring a different guest post each day of the week by a Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC) partner.

Why Health Experts #FightFlu

You’ve heard it on the news, from your doctors, and even from a few friends: Now is the time to get the annual influenza (flu) vaccine. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older should receive an annual flu vaccine, many people fail to understand why and where this recommendation came from, and why an annual flu vaccine is so important.

Flu Bugs Take on Major League Soccer

It’s not easy being a Flu Bug! We remember the days when people feared us each and every year and we could easily spread from person to person and country to country in a matter of weeks. Now, life is much harder for us flu bugs…all thanks to vaccines!

Chatting about Flu (on Twitter)

In partnership with NFID (@NFIDvaccines) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) influenza division (@CDCFlu), Richard Besser, MD chief health and medical editor at ABC News (@abcDrBchat), hosted a live tweet chat on influenza (flu) prevention on September 29, 2015 (using hashtag #abcDrBchat.) Scheduled to coincide with the start of flu season in the US, the chat provided an opportunity for individuals to ask questions around flu, flu vaccines, and other prevention strategies. Participating medical experts encouraged everyone six months and older to get vaccinated annually to help #FightFlu.

Leading By Example in Preventing Influenza

On September 17, 2015, NFID hosted the 19th Annual Influenza/Pneumococcal News Conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), joined with leading medical/public health experts at the news conference and encouraged all individuals age 6 months and older to get vaccinated against influenza (flu) annually.

2014-15 Influenza Season: A Year to Remember

Like most children’s hospitals, Children’s of MN received a high number of infectious diseases cases this flu season and sadly, four children died in our hospital of influenza this year, also a new record…They were toddlers to teens, healthy and with chronic conditions, and mostly unvaccinated.

Give the Gift of Health This Holiday Season

Each year in the US, tens of thousands needlessly suffer, are hospitalized, and even die as a result of vaccine-preventable diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza (flu) vaccination prevented 7.2 million influenza-associated illnesses and 90,000 hospitalizations last season. And while flu is unpredictable and every season is different, vaccination is the best way to prevent it….

Hand Hygiene 101

Thank you to James Arbogast, PhD, Vice President of Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements, GOJO Industries for this guest post on the importance of hand hygiene in the fight against influenza. The holiday season is not the only season we need to prepare for as the end of the year nears. Flu season has already begun and while flu activity…

It’s Not Too Late to Vaccinate!

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), December 7-13, 2014, highlights the importance of being prepared for flu season. And the first and most important step is to get an annual influenza (flu) vaccine. A recent survey conducted by NFID found that while more adults in the US are concerned about the flu, few are taking steps to prevent the spread of the disease. Among those surveyed, 41%…

National Influenza Vaccination Week: Don’t Stop Now!

Don’t Stop Now! As we come together to recognize National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) on December 8-14, 2013, it is heartening to know that last flu season, more children were vaccinated against influenza than ever before. This represents tremendous progress in childhood influenza immunization since the Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC) was created in 2007, and we don’t want to stop…

Etiquette Tips for Flu Season

As the flu season winds down, it’s still important to remember the importance of flu etiquette in controling the spread of germs. This guest post was written by Anna Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, and modern etiquette expert. As the flu spread across the country this season, it was clearly nothing to sneeze about: seasonal influenza is highly contagious and can travel up to about…