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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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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 […]

InFLUencer Dr. Anderson Provides an Overview of Flu

March 10, 2020 - Dr. Michael Anderson is one of FFF’s medical advisors and a practicing adult infectious disease physician located in Kanakee, Illinois. He is Board-certified in Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.  As part of his duties at Metro Infectious Disease Consultants, LLC in Kanakee, IL, Dr. Anderson performs inpatient and […]
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Coronavirus and Flu Are Spreading Simultaneously: Here’s What You Can Do to Help Prevent Both

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March 7, 2020 - A new virus that emerged from Wuhan, China, coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19 for short, is circulating around the world. At the same time, seasonal flu (influenza) is also spreading, which has caused millions of illnesses and thousands of hospitalizations and deaths. Many of the same methods for preventing seasonal flu can also be used […]
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How Immunization Advocates Can Take Action to Fight Flu

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February 26, 2020 - In a prior blog post, we talked about why immunization advocates need to raise their voices and the importance of speaking up about flu education, prevention, and treatment. Now, we outline five simple, actionable steps you can take to promote flu awareness and annual flu vaccination. 1. Lead by example by getting vaccinated against flu each […]
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Satellite Media Tour Reaches Millions with Key Flu Messages

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February 26, 2020 - Satellite media tours are a great way to broadcast key flu messages to large audiences across the U.S. Families Fighting Flu held a satellite media tour in January to remind people around the country that it’s not too late to vaccinate against the flu. Tash became an advocate for flu awareness and vaccination help make […]

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, […]
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Flu Vaccine Effectiveness 101

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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 […]
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The Basics of Flu Prevention

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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 […]
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Flu Surveillance in the U.S.

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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 […]

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