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How to Make a Difference

How to Make a Difference

Each year, influenza hospitalizes more than 20,000 children in the United States under the age of 5, and nearly 100 children die from the disease. Thankfully, the flu is just as preventable as it is serious — and prevention begins with you! Big or small, your actions can protect the health and well-being of your family, friends and community. Get started protecting the ones you love today!

Encourage Your Family and Friends to Get Vaccinated

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated against the influenza virus each year. Protect infants younger than 6 months by getting yourself, other children and family members vaccinated.
  • Contact the Visiting Nurse Associations of America or Maxim Health Systems to organize a flu vaccination clinic at a location of your choice.
  • Ask your local doctors’ offices, pharmacies, schools, businesses and community centers to hang posters and share information about flu prevention and local vaccination clinics. Download or order materials for free here.
  • Share the flu clinic locator through email, Facebook and Twitter.

Empower Others Through Education & Awareness

  • Families Fighting Flu (FFF) advocates are eager to share their stories and promote flu prevention in your community. To arrange a speaker at your event, contact Maril Olson, FFF Executive Director, at
  • FFF offers a variety of free resources and materials that you can use to increase influenza awareness in your community.
  • FFF offers emotional support materials for communities affected by the flu. If you know someone who would benefit from these resources, direct them to our website,

Get Involved with Families Fighting Flu

  • If you are not yet an advocate, but would like to get involved in FFF, submit your contact information here. Together we can educate communities about the seriousness of influenza and the importance of annual flu vaccinations – and save lives!
  • As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, FFF relies on donations from organizations and people like you who support our mission and share our goals. Fundraising is a great way to honor those children and families personally affected by the flu.
    • Organize a FFF fundraiser – it can be as simple as posting links to our online donation form on your Facebook or Twitter page, or hosting an event with the proceeds donated to FFF. If you would like additional information on hosting a fundraiser, contact Maril Olson.
  • “Like” the FFF Facebook page and follow FFF on Twitter to stay informed and help promote our mission. Repost, re-tweet and “Like” posts from FFF to show your support.
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