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NEW MATERIALS FOR K – 5 STUDENTS, FAMILIES & TEACHERS!
Just in time for flu season, Families Fighting Flu developed new educational materials for elementary-aged students, their families, and teachers. The materials are in both English and Spanish and will be used in the three Keep Flu Out of School sites (Chicago, IL; Springfield, MO; and Santa Rosa County, FL) — but anyone who provides health education in the elementary schools can use these materials! These fun worksheets for children in grades K – 2 and grades 3 – 5 come with User Guides for school nurses, teachers, or other health educators who are leading the activity. For parents and guardians, the Cargile and Marotta families shared their stories in a newly-created flyer that speaks directly to the seriousness of influenza and provides key information about prevention.
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, these materials will reach thousands of children in Kindergarten through Grade 5, their teachers and their families! Download these materials now!
Rock Out The Flu is almost here!
Rock Out the Flu with FFF this Friday night in Washington DC!
You’ll enjoy delicious Bobby Van’s Grill food & drink and the opportunity to bid on amazing auction items while rocking out to the sounds of four awesome bands!
When: Friday, November 20, 7 pm to 12 am
Where: Bobby Van’s Grill at 1201 New York Avenue, NW
Who: Headlined by local favorite Curtis Knocking, you’ll also hear Recon; Code Fracture & Unexpected!
What: The proceeds from your $50 ticket price and the silent auction go to support FFF’s public education efforts to raise awareness about the seriousness of flu and to encourage everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated against the flu!
To explore sponsorship, download information about Rock Out the Flu Sponsorship Opportunities
This event is made possible by the support of Optimity Advisors and Bobby Van’s Grill.
2014 Annual Report of Activities
Please download our 2014 Annual Report of Activities, highlighting our accomplishments, along with our continuing programs underway for the 2015 – 2016 flu season. Families Fighting Flu is very proud to present this report for all of our supporters, donors, sponsors, advocates and visitors. We are deeply grateful for all of your past and future assistance, personally and financially. Thank you for being a driving force behind our success in fulfilling our mission of saving lives!
On March 3, 2015, Families Fighting Flu lost our long-time Executive Director and co-founder, Laura Scott. There are no words to express our sorrow. The Families Fighting Flu Board of Directors can never thank Laura enough for all she did – she was truly the heart and soul of the organization for the ten years of our existence. Laura helped launch Families Fighting Flu and it was her tireless hard work, dedication and brilliance that enabled our tremendous success. She spent countless hours educating the public and saving thousands of lives. Even though she did not personally lose a child to influenza, her love and support helped each of our families through our darkest days by helping us channel our grief into a meaningful legacy that honored our children and made a difference. Laura truly was a hero, who made the world a better place. She was an incredible wife, mother and friend to us all. She was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.
Families Fighting Flu Board of Directors
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.
PSA Reminds College Students that Vaccination is the Best Form of Protection Against the Flu
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. To help educate college-aged adults and encourage vaccination against the flu, Families Fighting Flu partnered with bioCSL Inc. and Alana’s Foundation to launch a Public Service Announcement (PSA). Watch the PSA and please share it with a college student you know!
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. An important component of the Stay in the Game campaign is a national broadcast TV public service announcement (PSA), which shares 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. Read more about the campaign, watch our new TV PSAs, download and/or order our new educational materials, view our new print ad that appeared in a special insert in USA Today, and watch “Don’t Let the Flu Slow You Down: Learn How to Stay in the Game this Season” our virtual summit that was conducted on October 16, 2013 and officially launched the Stay in the Game campaign.
Kick the Flu out of School
Families Fighting Flu, Nurses Who Vaccinate and Voices for Vaccines created the Kick the Flu out of School contest toolkit. This toolkit enables parents, school officials, and other community members to host a contest in any school that will encourage children to get their flu vaccines.
Please download it today, and give influenza the boot from your school!
Breastfeeding and the Flu – Know the Facts!
Children are at high risk for the flu and flu-related complications. However, the flu vaccine is not approved for use in children less than 6 months of age. Here is some information from Families Fighting Flu and Medela on how you can best protect your little ones from the flu. Click here.