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A Thanksgiving Reflection: Thank You to the Scientists and Researchers

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November 23, 2020 - Families Fighting Flu Chief Operations Officer Serese Marotta reflects on the Thanksgiving season.   Before I lost my sweet 5-year-old boy Joseph to the flu in 2009, I only knew enough about the virus to know that we should be vaccinated. Did I think the flu killed healthy children and adults? Absolutely not. I did not […]
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Wear a Face Mask to Prevent Flu and COVID-19

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November 18, 2020 - There are many different actions public health professionals and scientists have recommended we all take to reduce the spread of COVID-19. One of the easiest – and one we see everywhere these days – is wearing a face covering over the nose and mouth. Did you know when you wear a mask, you not only […]

InFLUencer Dr. Kevin Ault on Prenatal Flu Vaccination

November 12, 2020 - Dr. Kevin Ault is one of FFF’s medical advisors and a practicing OB/GYN. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and practices at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He is also a voting member on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Dr. Ault is one of the few physicians in the United States […]

Flu Vaccines Are Safe: Here’s Why

October 13, 2020 - Flu vaccines help prevent flu-related illness, hospitalizations, and deaths. Flu vaccines have a strong safety record and have been safely administered to hundreds of millions of people over the past 60+ years. Flu Vaccines Cannot Cause the Flu If you should happen to feel ill following flu vaccination, there are two common explanations: You may […]

Flu Vaccination Does NOT Increase Risk of COVID-19

October 13, 2020 - This year, depending on which one you get, the annual flu vaccine will protect against three or four types of flu viruses. It does not contain the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is the novel coronavirus commonly referred to as “COVID-19”. Potential COVID-19 vaccines are still being tested and are not yet available. False Claims There have […]

Symptoms of Common Cold, Flu, and COVID-19

October 13, 2020 - As we enter the fall and winter, common colds and the flu are expected to spread. Now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a third virus that can make people sick. The symptoms of these three illnesses can overlap, making it confusing to know which virus is making you sick. In this blog post, we […]

Types of Available Flu Vaccines for the 2020-2021 Flu Season

September 17, 2020 - Everyone six months and older, with rare exception, should get an annual flu vaccine, but there are many different options available. So how can you decide which one is right for you? All available flu vaccines on the market help protect against the same three or four circulating flu strains in the United States, but […]
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COVID-19 vs. Flu: How Do They Compare? Part 2 

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September 15, 2020 - In our last blog post about COVID-19 versus flu, we covered some of the major differences between these two viruses. With flu season around the corner, it’s important to understand how these two viruses can be similar and different. Prevention COVID-19 and influenza are both respiratory viruses that are passed through respiratory droplets from person-to-person. […]
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When Is the Right Time for Flu Vaccination?

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September 15, 2020 - Flu vaccines are starting to become available in parts of the United States and should be widely available shortly. In fact, there will be a record amount of available flu vaccines this year in the U.S. – upwards of 198 million doses according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Flu vaccination is […]
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Flu Vaccine Recommendations During COVID-19

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August 22, 2020 - Public health efforts have been focused on “flattening the curve” during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that we do not overwhelm healthcare systems. However, as flu arrives in the fall, there will be two overlapping viruses that both can cause illness, hospitalizations, and death. How can we flatten the COVID-19 curve while another virus enters […]
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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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