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New! Our 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!

In Memorium

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.

New PSA Reminds College Students That Vaccination Is the Best Form of Protection Against Dangerous Flu Virus

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 has partnered with bioCSL Inc. and Alana’s Foundation to launch a new Public Service Announcement (PSA). Watch the PSA and please share it with a college student you know.

Novartis Consumer Health, Inc. Teams up with Entertainer Nick Cannon as He Steps Off-Stage to Help America Get Flu-Ready

For every Like on the Theraflu® Facebook page, Novartis Consumer Health, Inc. donated $1 up to $100,000 to Families Fighting Flu

Families Fighting Flu partnered with the makers of Theraflu® to launch the Theraflu® Fluprint™ program, a five-step action plan to help you and others get flu-ready this season. For every Like on the Theraflu® Facebook page, the makers of Theraflu® donated $1 up to $100,000 to our organization to help those in need get flu-ready too.

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 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 called, 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, Families Fighting Flu 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, 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, Families Fighting Flu, 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!

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.

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