About Families Fighting Flu
Families Fighting Flu (FFF) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) volunteer-based advocacy organization dedicated to educating people about the severity of influenza and protecting the lives of children. Our members include families whose children have suffered serious medical complications or died from influenza, as well as health care practitioners and advocates committed to flu prevention. Looking for comfort and wanting to increase awareness about the importance of vaccinating children against the flu every year, we united in 2004 to form FFF.
Every year, influenza kills approximately 100 children under 5 years of age in the United States. These unnecessary losses impact not only parents, but everyone in our communities – including siblings, grandparents and schoolmates. In honor of our children, we work to increase awareness about the seriousness of the disease and to reduce the number of childhood hospitalizations and deaths caused by the flu each year. A major milestone was met in 2010 when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) revised its influenza vaccination recommendations to include all individuals 6 months of age and older. We are working to educate communities across the country about these recommendations for vaccination in the fight to stop the spread of flu.
The successes of FFF are a reflection of the many men and women who volunteer their time and talents to support our mission.
Our organization consists of four main groups — Members, Advocates, Medical Advisors and Partners — each with an important role:
- Members of FFF include families whose lives have been forever changed by influenza. Their children have suffered serious medical complications or died due to influenza. Members honor their children by sharing their personal stories to help educate others about the seriousness of the disease and the importance of influenza prevention. Members strive to reduce the number of childhood hospitalizations and deaths caused by influenza each year. They are driven by a desire to ensure that no other family goes through a life altering experience with influenza.
- Advocates are individuals who strongly support the FFF goals to increase awareness about the seriousness of influenza, to increase annual vaccination rates among children and their families, and to reduce the number of childhood hospitalizations and deaths caused by the disease each year. Advocates may include the extended family, friends, teachers, doctors or community members of a family who had a child who suffered serious medical complications or died due to influenza.
- Medical Advisors of FFF include pediatricians, family practitioners, researchers and nurses with a special interest or focus on influenza. Medical Advisors provide guidance and insight on the latest research and findings in the fight against influenza. To learn more about our Medical Advisors click here.
- Partners include other nonprofit organizations, corporations, medical facilities and health departments that support the FFF goals to increase awareness about the seriousness of influenza, to increase annual vaccination rates among children and their families, and to reduce the number of childhood hospitalizations and deaths caused by the disease each year. Partners also assist in promoting FFF as a resource for education and support.
If you are not yet a member, but would like to join FFF, submit your contact information here.
Donations to Families Fighting Flu
FFF operates solely on donations from organizations and people like you who support our mission and share our goals. Our educational campaigns and outreach activities cannot happen without your help. Your tax-deductible contribution to FFF will help save another child from being hospitalized or dying from this vaccine-preventable disease. By donating to FFF, you help educate millions of people about the seriousness of influenza and the importance of annual vaccination.
Donations may be made online here.
Alternatively, donations may be mailed by completing a mail-in contribution form and sending it along with a check or money order (payable to “Families Fighting Flu, Inc.”) to the address below. Donors are also encouraged to discuss match contributions with their employers. Matching contribution paperwork may be mailed to:
Families Fighting Flu, Inc.
4201 Wilson Blvd., #110-702
Arlington, VA 22203