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Hand Hygiene: How to Avoid the Flu and COVID-19

July 27, 2020 - One of the best ways to help avoid the flu and COVID-19, and keep your loved ones protected from viruses, is to wash your hands. Hand washing can help stop the spread of viruses that you may have picked up from touching a contaminated surface. This simple step can reduce the risk of respiratory infections […]

What Influenza Pandemics Can Teach Us About COVID-19

July 20, 2020 - To flu researchers and advocates, pandemics are nothing new; most past pandemics have been caused by flu viruses. In the past 100+ years there have been four flu pandemics: 1918, 1957-58, 1968, and 2009. Here, we will outline what we have learned from past flu pandemics, specifically the 1918 pandemic, that can be applied as […]

Survey Results: The Intersection of COVID-19 and Flu

July 7, 2020 - Below is part 3 of this blog series featuring key insights on flu and COVID-19 from our recent national consumer survey. The number of people across the U.S. diagnosed with COVID-19 continues to rise as we get closer to the upcoming flu season, and Families Fighting Flu continues to sound the alarm about the importance […]

Families Fighting Flu National Survey Results: Flu Vaccination Rates Lag as Myths Persist

June 30, 2020 - Below is part 2 of this blog series featuring key insights on flu and COVID-19 from our recent national consumer survey.  During a media interview this past weekend, Dr. Anthony Fauci stated that due to the power of the anti-vaccine movement, we have a lot of education to do when it comes to coronavirus vaccines. […]

Families Fighting Flu National Survey Results: Implications for the Upcoming Flu Season

June 25, 2020 - Below is first in a series of blog posts featuring key insights on flu and COVID-19 from our recent national consumer survey. Every Spring, we are busy making plans for how to tackle the upcoming flu season—how to increase flu vaccination rates and prevent others from experiencing what our families went through. This year, we […]

Dealing with Grief on Father’s Day

June 5, 2020 - Father’s Day is June 21, 2020. While for most this is a happy day, for fathers who have lost children it can be a difficult reminder of their loss. Sometimes it can be hard to know what to say and what not to say to a grieving parent. Follow the list below for guidelines written […]

My Reaction to COVID-19 as a Mother Whose Daughter Was on a Ventilator Due to Flu

June 2, 2020 - Written by Families Fighting Flu Treasurer, Jennifer Miller. Read her daughter’s flu story here.  When I first began to hear about patients’ experiences being hospitalized with COVID-19, I had an uneasy feeling that this new virus was similar to the flu virus that almost took my daughter’s life. While flu and COVID-19 are different in […]

Influenza Vaccines for People with Egg Allergies

May 18, 2020 - May is Allergy Awareness Month!  There is a common misconception that people who are allergic to eggs cannot receive an influenza vaccine. Below, we outline the different reasons why most people with an egg allergy can still receive an annual flu vaccine. As always, please check with a trusted healthcare provider regarding any specific questions […]

Asthma Month: Influenza and Asthma

May 18, 2020 - May is Asthma Awareness Month! Do you know the link between influenza and asthma? Below, find out how you can help improve flu outcomes for people with asthma. What is asthma? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 25 million people in the United States live with asthma. People diagnosed with asthma […]

COVID-19 vs. Flu: How Do They Compare?

April 3, 2020 - The 2019-2020 flu season in the U.S. has set records for flu-related hospitalizations and pediatric deaths, but now we’re also dealing with a pandemic of a new (novel) coronavirus, called COVID-19. While both are viruses, influenza (flu) and COVID-19 are very different in some respects.        How are these viruses defined? COVID-19: Coronaviruses […]

Basic Flu Virus Anatomy

March 27, 2020 - What exactly is a virus? Generally speaking, a virus is a tiny organism that requires a living host cell (e.g., plant, animal, human) to survive and reproduce. It is the reproduction of viruses within these cells that leads to infection that can spread throughout the body. Viruses are different from bacteria, which do not require […]

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