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Category: Personal Stories


Family Holds Flu Vaccination Events in Memory of Daughter

September 16, 2021 - Amber McCarthy, FFF Board Member, and Irelynd McCarthy, FFF Junior Board member, lost their daughter and sister Ayzlee to flu in 2014. Ayzlee never had respiratory symptoms but was dehydrated, had an increased heart rate, and confusion. Less than 10 hours after going to the emergency room, she passed away from septic shock secondary to […]
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InFLUencer Jeb S. Teichman is Motivated by the Memory of His Son

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July 12, 2021 - Jeb S. Teichman, M.D., is a Families Fighting Flu medical advisor and practiced pediatric medicine for 22 years in Southern Indiana before moving into the managed care setting. He has served the Kentuckiana community for 35 years and will continue to do so in some capacity in retirement. Since losing his adult son, Brent, to […]
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Flu Survivor Shares Story to Help Others Understand Flu is Serious

March 23, 2021 - Shari Hall is a survivor of a life-threatening case of influenza. Shari and her daughter Elizabeth sat down with Families Fighting Flu to talk about their experience, including the challenges Shari faces after losing her leg and several fingers due to complications with the flu. They share their story to help others understand that the […]
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Widow Reminds Adults To Get Annual Flu Vaccinations

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March 18, 2021 - Lisa and Paul had looked forward to their retirement plans together for years. As they were entering the prime of the lives, Paul – previously healthy – died from complications from the flu. Lisa shares their story now as a reminder that the flu is unpredictable, but preventable through annual vaccination. Video supported by Seqirus.
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Life After Influenza: An Ongoing Recovery

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March 15, 2021 - Years ago, Jewel was in the hospital fighting for her life after getting the flu. Jewel and her husband Jason shared the challenges of her ongoing recovery in the hopes they can prevent another family living through their experience. Watch their story to hear why Jewel is a Families Fighting Flu Advocate. Video supported by […]
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Grieving Mom Urges Parents to Get Annual Flu Vaccinations

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March 10, 2021 - Two-year-old Reese was an energetic, healthy toddler loved dearly by her entire family when her life was cut short by the flu. Reese became ill with what her family assumed was a cold, but turned out to be Influenza B. She seemed like she was doing well, even getting back to eating and playing, but […]
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Don’t Delay, Fight Flu Today!

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January 4, 2021 - This year more than ever, getting a flu shot is not just about protecting yourself, but also your family, loved ones and community. This flu season, we’ve created storytelling tools to help spread the word about how serious the flu can be, and the importance of seasonal vaccination, especially this flu season. Get involved and […]
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How You Can Make a Difference This Flu Season

December 16, 2020 - Families Fighting Flu was founded by families whose loved ones have suffered serious medical complications or died from influenza. We share our personal stories because we want everyone to understand that flu is unpredictable and potentially deadly, but can be prevented through annual flu vaccination. The Importance of Sharing Stories According to cognitive psychologist Jerome […]
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When the Holidays Aren’t Happy – How To Manage Grief and Support Others

December 14, 2020 - Angie Wehrkamp’s daughter Gianna died suddenly from the flu when she was 2 years old. Angie serves as Secretary for the Families Fighting Flu Board of Directors. The most wonderful time of the year will never be as wonderful as it once was for someone who has lost a child or other loved one. I […]
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A Survivor’s Perspective on Flu

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August 7, 2020 - The following blog post is written by Madi Allen, who survived a 93-day flu hospitalization in 2011. Read her flu story here. In 2011, I was twelve years old and my life was like any other kid my age. What started as a weekend that was supposed to be spent with friends quickly turned into […]
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