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#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.

The Future of Influenza Vaccines

Creating transformational influenza vaccines that would eliminate seasonal influenza outbreaks, and decrease the threat of pandemic influenza is hard work. While we have made progress, there is much more to be done. Continued funding for influenza research is critical for protecting the health of the US population.

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…

Tips for Having Positive Conversations with Parents About the Flu Vaccine

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.

Do You Know These 10 Important Facts About Flu Prevention?

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.

Getting Real About the Impact of Flu on Older Adults

Flu prevention is one of the most important things you can do to help maintain your health and avoid spreading this life-threatening illness to friends and loved ones, and there are flu vaccines specifically designed for older adults. If you are age 65 years or older, I strongly encourage you to talk to a healthcare professional about the right flu vaccine for you.

Prioritizing Flu Prevention: #GetVaccinated To Help #FightFlu

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.

Hitting Flu Out of the Ballpark!

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!

Healthcare Professionals Play a Critical Role in Protecting Older Adults Against Influenza (Flu)

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…