The Importance of Raising Pro-Immunization Voices
February 6, 2020 - Public health officials and organizations like Families Fighting Flu communicate each and every flu season about the importance of annual flu vaccination for everyone six months of age and older. We also rely on people who believe in the importance of immunization to share this information with their family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and others. Below,... Read MoreRead More
Flu Vaccine Effectiveness 101
January 15, 2020 - One of the common reasons people cite for not getting an annual flu vaccine is that they think it doesn’t work. Flu vaccine effectiveness (VE) indicates how well flu vaccination helps protect individuals against flu-related illness, hospitalization, and even death. The important thing to remember is that regardless of how high (or low) VE may... Read MoreRead More
The Basics of Flu Prevention
January 15, 2020 - Flu season comes around every year, and every year it causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and tens of thousands of deaths. So what can you do to help protect yourself, your family, and your community from flu? Follow these easy steps: 1. Get an Annual Flu Vaccine Annual flu vaccination is... Read MoreRead More
Flu Surveillance in the U.S.
January 9, 2020 - Flu activity in the U.S. is tracked through collaborative efforts between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and partners including public health and clinical laboratories, healthcare providers, state, local, and territorial health departments, clinics, emergency departments, and vital statistics offices. The following five systems are used to monitor flu activity in the United... Read MoreRead More
What Are the Different Types of Influenza Viruses?
January 6, 2020 - Some people may think influenza (flu) is just a standard virus that comes around every year. But there are actually four different types of flu viruses, including A, B, C, and D. Influenza A: Influenza A viruses can be found in many different animals, including birds and mammals, as well as humans. These viruses are... Read MoreRead More