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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 […]

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

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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. […]
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Families Fighting Flu National Survey Results: Implications for the Upcoming Flu Season

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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 […]
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Dealing with Grief on Father’s Day

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

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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 […]
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Influenza Vaccines for People with Egg Allergies

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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 […]
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Connections Between Influenza and Asthma

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May 18, 2020 -  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 experience wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, […]
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COVID-19 vs. Flu: How Do They Compare?

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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 are a […]

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 […]

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