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Flu Vaccine Q&A – COVID-19 Booster & Flu Shots Simultaneously

Flu Vaccine Q&A
October 13, 2021 - As an organization that has been discussing and advocating for flu vaccines for 17 years and counting, we’ve heard every question imaginable.  With COVID-19 vaccines on people’s minds, we want to help you get the answers you need to safely get vaccinated.  Is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as […]
Flu Vaccine Q&A

Getting Tested For Flu Is Critical During COVID-19 Pandemic

October 6, 2021 - This flu season, it may be hard to know if you are experiencing symptoms of influenza or COVID-19. That’s why we recommend that anyone who gets sick during the 2021-2022 flu season ask to be tested for both flu and COVID-19. Flu vs. COVID-19 symptoms: According to the CDC, common symptoms that flu and COVID-19 […]

Choose Family Over The Flu

September 28, 2021 - No matter who we call family, when we choose to get the influenza (flu) vaccine, we’re protecting them. That’s especially true for those who are at higher risk for a bad case of the flu, like children, older people, and those with underlying risk factors like heart disease, lung disease, stroke, obesity, and diabetes. With […]

InFLUencer Nadine Gartner on Changing The Culture of Immunization

September 21, 2021 - Nadine Gartner is a mom, lawyer, and the founding executive director of Boost Oregon, a vaccination educational and advocacy organization. She believes in the power of sharing our stories and choosing love over fear. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the University of Michigan Law School, Nadine resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with […]

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 […]

Flu Vaccine Question & Answers – Part 1

September 15, 2021 - As an organization that has been discussing and advocating for flu vaccines for 17 years and counting, we’ve heard every question imaginable about flu vaccines. No matter what your question is, we want to help you get an evidence-based answer. Read below for some of our most common questions and answers about flu vaccines. If […]

RSV Is Spreading – That’s Bad News for Flu Season

September 8, 2021 - Respiratory syncytial virus, otherwise known as RSV, is currently spreading across the US at an unusual time. RSV is a respiratory virus that typically spreads during flu season and is so common that the CDC states that most children have a case of RSV by the time they are two. But RSV can be serious, […]

Fears of a Twindemic: Don’t Delay Flu and COVID-19 Vaccinations

August 31, 2021 - Last year, Families Fighting Flu and health officials warned of a “twindemic” of COVID-19 and flu. The fear was that as cases of COVID-19 continued to rise, and we were awaiting a COVID-19 vaccine, flu would also spread and there wouldn’t be enough hospital beds, ICU beds, ECMO machines, or ventilators. Thankfully, that never happened. […]

FFF Institutes Flu and COVID-19 Vaccination Policy For 2021-2022 Flu Season

August 18, 2021 - Families Fighting Flu was founded in 2004 by families whose loved ones died of influenza. We strive to increase awareness about the seriousness of the disease and to reduce the number of hospitalizations and deaths caused by the flu each year. Our goal is to increase flu vaccination rates for all people eligible to receive […]
Black woman wearing face mask with sleeve up, bandage from vaccination, giving thumbs up

mRNA Technology Offers Hope for Flu Vaccine Advancements

Black woman wearing face mask with sleeve up, bandage from vaccination, giving thumbs up
August 5, 2021 - The COVID-19 pandemic made vaccines a daily topic in news, popular culture, and even conversations among friends. Messenger RNA (mRNA) technology in particular was thrust in the spotlight as two COVID-19 vaccines using mRNA, from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, were authorized for emergency use by the FDA. mRNA vaccines are a new approach to vaccination, but […]
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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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