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Influenza

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.

Keeping Flu Out of School

An annual flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and older and is the best way to protect yourself and your children from flu. When you get vaccinated, you are not only protecting yourself but you are also protecting others who cannot get vaccinated because they are too young or have a compromised immune system.

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.

CDC Answers Top Questions About Flu

Special thanks to Daniel B. Jernigan, MD, MPH, Director of the Influenza Division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for sharing his perspective on the importance of annual flu vaccination for all people 6 months and older.

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.

Kicking Off Flu Awareness

This week, NFID kicked off its 2015-2016 flu season awareness activities with an exciting expanded partnership with the Major League Soccer men’s team, D.C. United. Team players, coaches, medical staff, and Talon (the team mascot) were invited to ‘Lead By Example’ and get their flu vaccine during a team clinic event.

Older Adults Need Vaccines, Too!

Similar to eating healthy foods, exercising, and getting regular check-ups, vaccines are vital in order to stay healthy, particularly for older adults. As you age, your immune system typically does not function as well as it used to, making older adults more susceptible to vaccine-preventable infectious diseases and serious complications.

Pregnancy: Protecting Baby Starts Now

From the moment you found out you were pregnant, you began protecting your baby. You may have changed the way you eat, started taking a prenatal vitamin, and started to research which car seat you’ll buy. But, did you know that one of the best ways to protect your children against pertussis (whooping cough) and influenza (flu) is to make sure you get the Tdap and flu vaccines while you are pregnant?

2015 Annual Conference on Vaccine Research: News Round-Up

Top news coverage from the NFID 18th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research, held on April 13-15, 2015 in Bethesda, MD: 3 key lessons industry leaders have learned from the latest Ebola crisis (BioPharmaDive) Video: Assessment of vaccine safety, efficacy critical after introduction (Healio Infectious Disease News) Featuring Kathleen M. Neuzil, MD, MPH, PATH Video: D.A. Henderson, MD, honored for career in vaccine-preventable…

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.