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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%…

Flu Concern High This Season, But Actions Remain Low

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) recently conducted a national flu preparedness survey as part of the “Why Weather Flu?” campaign to remind all that there is no need to weather the flu. Flu is preventable and treatable; however, among those surveyed, 41% indicated that they wait to receive a flu vaccine until after flu hits their local area….

6 Tips to Help You #FightFlu

Unfortunately, less than half of all healthy adults in the US were vaccinated against influenza (flu) last year. With the start of flu season now upon us, YOU can help increase immunization rates by taking a few simple actions. Read on to be fully prepared to take on flu season head first this year. 1. Urge healthy adults around you to get their flu vaccine….

Spreading Awareness through Videos

Joining a current trend in social media by using streaming videos to share important messages, the immunization community has created a variety of videos available online to increase awareness about the importance of vaccination. Here are a few favorites: 1. Vaccines for the Entire Family, a short animated video, created by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), emphasizes the importance of immunization for…

It’s Not Easy Being a Flu Bug!

It’s not easy being a Flu Bug! There was a time when we could spread easily from person to person and country to country in a matter of weeks. But these days, it’s just not that easy. We can remember a time when people feared us each and every year. Now, we’re often overlooked and, even worse, sometimes confused with a basic…

It’s Never Too Early To Start … Don’t Hesitate, Vaccinate!

The month of August has been designated as National Immunization Awareness Month. As a partnering organization, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is helping to promote the importance of immunization in keeping our communities healthy. As healthcare professionals, you know the importance of good health before, during, and after pregnancy. Just like exercise and healthy eating, your strong recommendation for vaccines…

It’s Not Too Late to Vaccinate!

This is the time of year that influenza activity typically starts to pick up in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 25 states are now reporting widespread seasonal flu activity, with the most severe activity located in the Southeastern states, and six pediatric flu deaths reported since September.  You can track flu activity in your state…

Top 10 Reasons to Get Vaccinated

As the 2013 National Influenza Vaccination Week wraps up, it’s important to remember these top 10 reasons to get vaccinated against flu. 1. It’s your responsibility to protect your family. The best way to protect your family from influenza, or flu, is by getting everyone in your household vaccinated. Even the healthiest child who’s never had seasonal influenza is at risk and needs…

Seniors among Groups Hardest Hit by Flu

For most people, getting the flu means feeling achy and feverish for a week or so, but for people 65 years and older, the flu can be much more serious. People in this age group are at high risk for severe flu illness and complications. In fact, an estimated 60 percent of flu-related hospitalizations in the US occur in this…

Pregnant Women and Infants – Targets for the Flu

Pregnancy is a time for big changes—a whirlwind of emotion, anticipation, and uncertainty. But one thing that is certain during this time is the importance of getting a vaccine to help protect both the pregnant woman and her baby against influenza (flu). Flu is a contagious illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Pregnant women with the flu have a…