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#KnockOutFlu Receives National Recognition

Although college students might be soaking up a lot of knowledge in school, there’s one piece of information that may not be sinking in: the importance of getting vaccinated against the flu. While the CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine every season, college-aged adults have low vaccination rates of just 8 to 30 percent.

Families Fighting Flu partnered with Seqirus to provide flu education and outreach at five colleges and universities. Students at Temple University, University of Florida, University of Rhode Island, Texas A & M, and Auburn University received flu prevention information, vouchers for flu vaccinations, and in some cases, a flu vaccination at a campus clinic. Students communicated about their experiences via social media using the hashtag #KnockOutFlu.

The National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS) awarded Seqirus with the 2016 Immunization Excellence Award for best Corporate Campaign. The accolade recognizes the campaign’s creative and collaborative efforts to improve vaccination awareness and rates during the 2015-16 influenza season. The award was presented May 11, 2016 during the NAIIS Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. Families Fighting Flu is proud to be a partner in such a successful campaign!

FFF Golf Tournament hosted by Optimity Advisors

More than 50 guests enjoyed the Optimity Advisors First Annual Golf Tournament Benefiting Families Fighting Flu on May 23. Friends, colleagues, and clients joined Optimity Advisors and the FFF Board of Directors for 18 holes of golf, a BBQ lunch, cocktail reception, and buffet dinner at the North Jersey Country Club in Wayne, NJ. Thanks to the generosity of our golfers, sponsors, and donors, Optimity Advisors raised $9000 for FFF!

Optimity Advisors, FFF Board of Directors member Doris Stein’s employer, has long recognized FFF as one of its philanthropies. Together with her husband Gary Stein, Doris and Optimity Advisors have given generously of their time and talent for this event and over the years. FFF is fortunate to have such dedicated Board members and advocates!

Stay in the Game™ During Flu Season!

Every year in the U.S., children miss more than 38 million days of school and 5 million sporting events due to the flu, a potentially deadly disease that is often underestimated in its severity. Families Fighting Flu’s Stay in the Game™ multi-year national educational campaign focuses on the critical need for annual flu vaccination for the entire family. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to receive a steady stream of important flu information that you can then share and retweet! We reached millions of people this year with our campaign featuring Amanda Kanowitz, Jacob Nuland, and Madi Allen. And our new listicle has been placed in 1000+ outlets, reaching 50 million people! Watch our TV public service announcement (PSA) to learn more about the unbelievable story of Madison Allen, a 15-year-old flu survivor who was given only a 1 percent chance to live after being diagnosed with the flu.

New Materials for K – 5 Students, Families & Teachers!

Families Fighting Flu has developed new educational materials for elementary-aged students, their families, and teachers, available in both English and Spanish. These fun worksheets for children in grades K – 2 and grades 3 – 5 come with User Guides for school nurses or other health educators, teachers, or parents. These materials (listed below) are available for download only.

For parents and guardians, the Cargile and Marotta families shared their stories in a flyer that speaks directly to the seriousness of influenza and provides key information about prevention. FFF has limited copies of this flyer available; please write to us at to order.

    English Versions

Family Stories From Our Community
(This item is available in limited quantities upon request. Email to order.)

FFF K – 2 Worksheet
FFF K – 2 User Guide
FFF 3 – 5 Worksheet
FFF 3 – 5 User Guide

    Spanish Versions

Family Stories From Our Community in Spanish
(This item is available in limited quantities upon request. Email to order.)

FFF K – 2 Worksheet in Spanish
FFF K – 2 User Guide in Spanish
FFF 3 – 5 Worksheet in Spanish
FFF 3 – 5 User Guide in Spanish

Keep Flu Out of School

Keep Flu Out of School is the five-year CDC-funded cooperative agreement that partners FFF with the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) and the National Foundation for infectious Diseases – Childhood Immunization Coalition (NFID) to promote flu prevention efforts among the youngest students. Thanks to generous additional support from AstraZeneca, FFF developed the material linked above. These materials will reach thousands of children in Kindergarten through Grade 5, their teachers and their families in three public school districts: Chicago, IL; Springfield, MO; and Santa Rosa County, FL!

Losing a Child to Influenza

Losing a loved one is the most difficult thing a person ever goes through. Whether you are a parent or family member struggling with the loss of a child from the flu, or your community has been affected, dealing with your grief while also communicating with your children, friends and family presents its own set of challenges.

If you have suffered a personal loss, or your community has been affected by the flu, we have emotional support materials that will help you understand the bereavement process and how you can best support those around you, including your children. Please know that we are here for you and your family and want to help any way we can.

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