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Are Flu Vaccines Live or Attenuated?

July 1, 2022 - Most flu vaccines are not live or attenuated. Live means that the virus is not dead, and attenuated means that the virus is weakened but still alive.  The live attenuated flu vaccine contains a version of the flu virus that is “alive” but weakened so that it cannot reproduce and make you sick. Rather, it […]

Allergies, Flu, or COVID-19?

April 1, 2022 - It can be hard to tell if you’re suffering from allergies, flu, or COVID-19. Learn the differences below: Allergy Symptoms Include: Cough Congestion or runny nose Sore throat Sneezing Rashes Headache COVID-19 Symptoms Include:  Cough Fatigue or tiredness Congestion or runny nose Sore throat Headache Flu Symptoms Include: Cough Fatigue or tiredness Congestion or runny nose […]

Top 5 Ways to Help Someone Grieve

April 1, 2022 - Losing a loved one is the most difficult thing a person can experience. Trying to help and communicate with grieving family members and close friends of the deceased can present its own set of challenges. It is common to feel awkward when trying to comfort someone who is grieving. Many people do not know what […]

How To Talk to Kids About Vaccines

March 25, 2022 - The following article is guest authored by Dr. Alexandria Yarborough, PharmD. She is a Pharmacy Manager in South Carolina and a Families Fighting Flu Advocate.  Vaccines save lives, but children may not realize that and have negative emotions because they are scared of needles. The way a parent or healthcare provider talks to kids about […]

Are Flu Shots Dangerous?

March 24, 2022 - NO. Flu vaccines are studied, tested, and have been used in the U.S. since 1945. Can you get the flu from the flu vaccine? Again, no. To cause infection, flu viruses need to make copies of themselves. Flu vaccines, regardless of how they are made, do not contain viruses that can reproduce and make you sick with […]

What is the Survival Rate of the Flu?

March 24, 2022 - Influenza and pneumonia combined are one of the top 10 causes of death in the United States. To answer the question of how many people survive the flu, we have to look at rates among different ages. The data: In the chart below, you can see that the majority of flu deaths occur in people […]

How Many People Had The Flu in 2020-2021?

March 18, 2022 - The 2020-2021 flu season occurred during the Covid-19 pandemic. Because Covid-19 was spreading globally, many people were wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, and staying home from work and school. These prevention measures for Covid-19 also worked to prevent flu! During the 2020-2021 flu season, the CDC reports that there were only 1,675 positive flu cases […]

How To Remember a Loved One on a Death Anniversary

March 18, 2022 - Families Fighting Flu was founded by families who lost their loved ones to the flu. We know firsthand that death anniversaries (sometimes called “angelversaries”) can be challenging.  Here are some ideas to make meaning out of a day that can serve as a painful reminder of a tragic event:  Volunteer at an organization or with […]

What’s in a Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine?

March 17, 2022 - Most flu vaccines are quadrivalent, which means that the vaccine protects against 4 types of influenza. Why quadrivalent?  Flu is a tricky virus because it can change quickly. To keep up to date with these changes, flu vaccines are updated every year. That way, the vaccine you get each year is best matched to protect […]

Should You Wait a Full Year Between Flu Shots?

March 17, 2022 - At the heart of today’s blog is a common question about vaccination and immunity, essentially: how long does flu immunity last after vaccination? To begin our discussion, anyone who has received a flu vaccine during their life or contracted the flu in their life will have some immunity, but that background immunity isn’t the strongest […]

Pregnant Women and Flu Vaccines

March 17, 2022 - You want to protect yourself and your baby from getting sick. That protection can start during pregnancy. By getting vaccinated, you can protect yourself, your baby, and improve the health of your pregnancy. One Vaccine Protects Two People Flu shots during pregnancy reduce the risk of flu-associated acute respiratory infection in pregnant people by 50%, which […]
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