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FFF and Healthy Schools, LLC “Teach Flu a Lesson”

Influenza is a highly-contagious and serious disease, particularly for children. Each year, more than 20,000 children are hospitalized and on average, 100 children die from the flu. For parents, these should be alarming statistics for a vaccine-preventable disease. To address this public health issue, Families Fighting Flu (FFF) and Healthy Schools, LLC have announced a new partnership for the 2014-2015 flu season to raise awareness about the importance of annual flu vaccination and to increase the vaccination rates of children in Florida. This new education and action-oriented program, Teach Flu a Lesson, brings school-located flu vaccination clinics to more than 200,000 elementary through high school students, as well as valuable resources for schools to educate parents about the critical need for annual flu vaccination.


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. In response, FFF launched Stay in the Game™, a new multi-year national educational campaign focused 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 in December 2013, and watch 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

Last year, FFF, Nurses Who Vaccinate and Voices for Vaccines introduced the Kick the Flu out of School 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.

The toolkit has been updated with the most recent data. Please download it today, and give influenza the boot from your school!


Now on View! Our 2013 Annual Report of Activities

Please visit and/or download our 2013 Annual Report of Activities, highlighting all that we accomplished in 2013, along with our continuing programs underway for 2014 and 2015. FFF is very proud to present this — our first Annual Report — and hope to produce one every year 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.


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.


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 FFF and Medela on how you can best protect your little ones from the flu. Click here.

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