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.
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…
As pediatricians, family doctors, public health advocates, clinicians, nurses, and medical assistants, we remain parents’ most trusted source of information about vaccines. We have the profound opportunity to help support parents in understanding and confidently choosing to vaccinate their children on schedule and on time.
CDC recommends that all individuals 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year. Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick, prevent you from missing work and school due to flu, prevent flu-related hospitalizations, and can also protect those around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.
On September 28, 2017, NFID hosted the 2017 Annual Influenza/Pneumococcal News Conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Partner organizations joined NFID to highlight the importance of annual flu vaccination for all individuals age six months and older.
As part of an annual campaign to increase flu awareness and prevention, NFID kicked off its 2017-2018 flu season awareness activities with the 6th Annual Flu Awareness Night at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. Thanks to the Washington Nationals and the more than 37,500 fans who supported our efforts to #FightFlu!
Through our collective efforts we can help routinize using the 16-year-old visit to include recommended and catch-up vaccines. Together, we can help healthcare professionals and the public become more aware of, and motivated to comply with, US vaccine recommendations and, ultimately, help protect older teens against vaccine-preventable diseases.
Did you know that in the US, adults age 65 years and older account for more than half (50-70%) of flu-related hospitalizations and most (85%) flu-related deaths?
The phenomenon known as immunosenescence describes how the body grows weaker with aging, making the immune system less effective in fighting off infections. As a result, adults age 65+ have an increased risk of hospitalization and complications from flu…
Caroline had been vaccinated against the flu every year except this particular year. The vaccine wasn’t readily available prior to the beginning of school and once the busy school year began, it fell off the “radar.” Caroline’s mother admits, “The fact that we neglected to make it a priority was the biggest mistake I’ve ever made as a parent. That mistake and lack of judgment nearly stole my child’s life and has changed our entire family’s lives forever…”
In the US, adults age 65 years and older are disproportionately impacted by influenza (flu) every year. There are far more flu-related deaths and hospitalizations in adults age 65 years and older than any other age group…
CDC estimates that flu vaccine prevented nearly 744,000 illnesses, 320,000 doctor’s visits, and about 8,000 hospitalizations among people age 50 years to 64 years last season. But, if just 5 percent more people in the 50 to 64 age group had been vaccinated last season, CDC estimates that an additional 82,000 illnesses and 900 hospitalizations could have been prevented.
It seems not everyone has gotten the message about influenza vaccines, so once again: everyone age six months and older needs an annual influenza vaccine. We have more than enough vaccine supply and many types of influenza vaccines available. There is at least one, and usually multiple options, available for every one of us. Vaccination is the key to influenza prevention for everyone.