3 Steps to Fight the Flu: Vaccinate, Test, Treat
Families Fighting Flu | Insights on Influenza
by sam
4d ago
“It’s ‘Just’ the Flu” “That Will Never Happen to my Child” “I Don’t Need a Flu Shot” We all have a lot on our plates, especially kicking off the new year. We often put things on the back burner or tell ourselves it will be OK if you miss a task. But one task that should never be overlooked is getting your annual flu vaccine. The flu doesn’t discriminate – it impacts people of all ages – even those who are healthy. It’s not “just” the flu. Just ask the parents of 17-year-old Austin. On January 17, 2011, athletic, strong and otherwise healthy Austin died in the hospital with his parents and fa ..read more
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How Do We Protect Those Who are Most Vulnerable to Flu?
Families Fighting Flu | Insights on Influenza
by sam
2w ago
Right now, seasonal flu is elevated across the country. Protecting yourself and your loved ones is incredibly important. You may have heard from friends and family (or seen on social media) that someone in their family is sick with the flu. While everyone is susceptible, it can be especially dangerous for certain age groups and people with chronic conditions. Children Under 5 The youngest in our communities need to be protected. Children younger than 5 years old–especially those younger than 2–are at higher risk of developing serious flu-related complications. Flu illness is more dangerous tha ..read more
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It’s Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Vaccine
Families Fighting Flu | Insights on Influenza
by sam
2w ago
It’s Not too Late to Get Your Flu Vaccine While the ideal time to get your flu shot is by the end of October, it’s not too late to get yours now if you haven’t already! The CDC is already seeing elevated levels of influenza across the country and estimating 20 million illnesses, 210,000 hospitalizations, and 13,000 deaths from flu this season (including 61 pediatric flu deaths so far). With a bad flu season already underway, it’s essential to get your vaccine now. Getting your flu shot is the single best way to help protect yourself and your family from the flu each year. The Flu Vaccine: Safe ..read more
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​​​​Flu Facts vs Myths
Families Fighting Flu | Insights on Influenza
by sam
3w ago
“Getting the flu vaccine caused me to get sick.” “I’m healthy – I don’t need a flu shot.” “It’s just the flu – it’s like a bad cold.” You have probably heard something like this before when speaking with friends, family, or coworkers about the flu. While some may brush it off as being not so serious, the truth is influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause mild to severe illness and can result in complications that can lead to hospitalization or death. It impacts everyone – regardless of age or health status: the CDC estimates that each flu season, between 5 and 20 ..read more
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Older Adults and the Flu: What You Need to Know
Families Fighting Flu | Insights on Influenza
by sam
1M ago
Every year, otherwise healthy individuals of all ages suffer complications from the flu, resulting in hospitalization and even death. While everyone is susceptible to flu regardless of age or health status, it is especially dangerous for certain groups – including adults ages 65 and older. Seniors tend to bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease during most flu seasons. With this group being vulnerable and the CDC reporting that influenza activity is on the rise, it’s essential for seniors to receive an annual flu vaccine, as it’s the best preventative measure they can take to protect th ..read more
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The Best Steps for Preventing the Flu
Families Fighting Flu | Insights on Influenza
by sam
1M ago
According to the CDC, influenza activity continues to increase this fall, with hospitalizations and deaths rising. Already 21 influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported as of December 3, 2022. Between 2010 and 2020, the CDC estimates that flu resulted in 9 million – 41 million illnesses, 140,000 – 710,000 hospitalizations, and 12,000 – 52,000 deaths annually. And it impacts everyone, even healthy individuals of all ages. As we move into the winter – and with the holiday season upon us – it’s imperative that we use the best measures to prevent the flu or complications from this se ..read more
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Why College Students Need to Fight the Flu and Get Vaccinated
Families Fighting Flu | Insights on Influenza
by sam
1M ago
We are heading into the busiest time of year for college students. Finals are right around the corner, campuses are crowded, students are spending hours studying for exams and adding final touches to projects. Not to mention, they will be heading home soon for the holiday season, spending time with family and hometown friends. It is the perfect storm for flu outbreaks to rise across college campuses, and it’s incredibly important for all students to get vaccinated against the flu. It is imperative that students do not wait to get the flu vaccine as flu season is already upon us and it takes a ..read more
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A Community Pharmacist Answers Your Questions About the Flu: Part 1
Families Fighting Flu | Insights on Influenza
by sam
1M ago
According to the CDC, increased influenza activity has been reported in most of the US. Annual flu vaccination is the most important step to prevent getting and spreading the flu. As a community pharmacist, I get a lot of questions about the flu. When is the best time to get a flu shot? Right now! The CDC recommends mid-late October before Halloween but anytime before the end of the year (December 31) is key. It takes two weeks for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu That’s why it’s best to get vaccinated before it starts to spread in your community. I get ..read more
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The 2022 Families Fighting Flu Influencer Campaign
Families Fighting Flu | Insights on Influenza
by sam
1M ago
Families Fighting Flu is proud to work with 11 influencers this fall who are sharing their personal stories about the flu, and the importance of getting flu vaccines. Why influencers? These content creators are the faces of social media. We wanted to engage real people who have a direct connection to the flu to share our important mission with their highly-connected audiences. Here is a look at the team. Jamilla and Que This ‘two-mom crew’ shared an Instagram Reel about how influenza is a very serious illness, with getting a vaccine as the first line of defense. “No one is immune from getting ..read more
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Flu Season 2022-2023: What to Expect
Families Fighting Flu | Insights on Influenza
by Jennifer Miller
1M ago
According to the CDC, early increases in seasonal influenza activity have been reported already in most of the United States, particularly in the southeast and south-central areas of the country. With the 2022-2023 flu season already underway, here’s what you can expect – and how to take the best measures to prevent the flu. Between 2010 and 2020, the CDC estimates that influenza resulted in: 9 Million – 41 Million Illnesses 140,000 – 710,000 Hospitalizations 12,000 – 52,000 Deaths Annually While everyone is susceptible to the flu, it is especially dangerous for the following people: Childr ..read more
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