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Flu Vaccine

Help Strike Out Flu This Season!

As part of an annual campaign to increase awareness about the importance of influenza (flu) prevention, NFID kicked off its 2019-2020 flu season awareness activities at the 8th Annual Flu Awareness Night at Nationals Park

Don’t Be A Dreaded Spreader!

Recent news reports show high influenza (flu) activity across the US. NFID urges everyone age 6 months and older to take 3 important steps to #FightFlu and avoid spreading (flu) to others…

Alexa, Who Should Get a Flu Shot?

Last year, 185 children in the US died from influenza (flu) infections or related complications. And like many seasons before, almost 80% of those children who died did not get a flu shot…

ID News Round-Up

Read recent news of interest from the world of infectious diseases: Scientists studied flu cases in more than 600 cities and towns around the US—and found where flu season lasts the longest: According to new research published in Science, in more densely populated cities, influenza (flu) season is typically longer and more persistent than it is in small towns. Researchers looked at…

#GetVaccinated to Help #FightFlu and #PreventPneumo

US Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH joined medical/public health leaders at the annual NFID Influenza/Pneumococcal News Conference on September 27, 2018 to discuss the importance of preventing influenza (flu) and pneumococcal disease and to encourage all individuals age 6 months and older to get vaccinated against flu every year. Adams was joined by an expert panel, moderated by…

Did Not Having a Flu Shot Land Me in the Hospital?

For weeks I had been watching the news and reading heartbreaking stories about the dangers of flu this season. It never really crossed my mind that this could happen to me or that I could suffer bad complications from the flu. I always figured I was blessed with a great immune system and this was never a concern for me. Well, maybe I should have been a little more prepared…

Top 5 ‘Infectious’ News Stories of 2017

2017 featured continued activity in the world of infectious diseases – from hepatitis A outbreaks nationally, to an increased focus on antibiotic resistance across the globe. Read the top 5 infectious disease stories of 2017…

#FightFluChat Highlights

View highlights of the 2017 #FightFluChat on Twitter that included a discussion of the impact of influenza (flu), prevention strategies including the importance of annual vaccination, as well as flu vaccines specifically designed to increase immunity in older adults age 65 years and older. Messaging reinforced the CDC recommendation for everyone age six months and older to get vaccinated annually.

Brittany’s Story: A Young Life Lost to Influenza

Seven months ago, I lost my beautiful daughter, Brittany Danielle Andersen, at the age of 20.  I’m sharing her story so that parents and young adults will know that the flu doesn’t just affect young kids and old people.  It can take anyone, at any age…

Why Aren’t College Students Getting Flu Shots?

Through our collective efforts, we truly believe that we can build a future where college students recognize their risk for influenza, are motivated to get vaccinated annually, and feel empowered to build healthy habits for a lifetime.

Helping Older Adult Patients #FightFlu

As a family physician, flu season is a busy time. Whether it is school-aged children who catch the flu from their classmates or older adults who come into contact with the virus during their daily routines, my office is full of patients who are feeling under the weather…