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Stay in the Game This 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 (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 ads that appeared in a special insert in USA Today in December, 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 Toolkit

It’s flu season, and with it comes illness and missed school days. FFF has teamed up with Voices for Vaccines and Nurses Who Vaccinate to create the Kick the Flu Out of School toolkit.

Kick the Flu Out of School is a grassroots campaign designed to help parents and school leaders increase influenza immunization coverage in their schools by generating excitement about getting the vaccine itself. The contest creates a sense of excitement by asking students to have their entry form signed when they receive their flu vaccine in order to be entered in drawings or other “sweepstakes”-type of events.

The toolkit includes a letter home to parents, a letter template to local businesses soliciting prizes, and entry forms for students. Please consider approaching your school administrators about participating in this campaign. Everything in the toolkit has been designed to be customizable. If you run the contest at your school, please send us photos so that we can help publicize your efforts!

 

Thank You to our 2013 Donors and Sponsors!

FFF is very grateful to all our 2013 donors and sponsors who made possible our 2013 programs. Thank you for supporting our public awareness efforts to help protect more children and families from influenza and save lives. We are 100% dependent on your generosity. View our 2013 Annual Fund Donors, 2013 Challenge Campaign Donors, and 2013 Sponsors here.


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.


Improving Childhood Influenza Immunization Rates: A Five-Year Progress Report

A new report from the Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC) highlights the positive advances in pediatric influenza immunization over the last five years and outlines future challenges for the immunization community to address. Full-text of the report is available here.


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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