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Scrolling Social Media: Where to Find Accurate Information on Flu

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January 27, 2023 - In the age of social media, false information and misinformation spreads quickly. It is so important to ensure you are finding factual information online–especially regarding health–including the flu and the flu vaccine. Check out the following flu facts and credible sources where you can always get factual accurate information. Families Fighting Flu Website Families Fighting […]
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Back to School and Flu Vaccines

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July 15, 2022 - Sorry to remind you, but summer is almost over and school will start soon! Along with concerns about the spread of COVID-19, we all need to prepare for the arrival of seasonal flu – another potentially deadly virus. The good news is that we can prepare now to have better outcomes this flu season. Why […]

Can you Get Flu and COVID-19 at the Same Time?

July 13, 2022 - “Flurona” is not a new type of COVID-19 or flu, it’s when people have both viruses at the same time. It’s not common for people to have both viruses at once, but it certainly can happen. When you get sick, your immune system is working hard to make sure that you get better. But, during […]

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 […]

Needle-Free Flu Vaccine

June 15, 2022 - The nasal spray flu vaccine is administered intranasally, which means that the vaccine is sprayed up the nose as opposed to being injected with a needle. This vaccine can be used in eligible individuals ages 2 through 49 years and can be a good option for people who avoid flu vaccination due to a fear […]

What is stomach flu?

May 15, 2022 - The term “stomach flu” is NOT the same as “seasonal flu” which is caused by the influenza virus and has mostly respiratory symptoms. What people usually mean when they say “stomach flu” is gastroenteritis, which is an inflammation of the lining of the stomach and intestines, causing an acute onset of severe vomiting and diarrhea. […]

Can Flu Cause Organ Failure?

April 28, 2022 - One of the most dangerous complications of flu is organ failure. Organ failure can happen when having the flu creates a domino effect. The flu can trigger other problems or exacerbate symptoms of a chronic condition. What might start out as the flu can quickly become sepsis, pneumonia, or inflammation of the heart, brain, or […]

RNA, DNA and Flu Vaccines

April 28, 2022 - First, let’s cover the basics of DNA and RNA. Here is a quick explanation of what they are: DNA: “Deoxyribonucleic acid, more commonly known as DNA, is a complex molecule that contains all of the information necessary to build and maintain an organism. All living things have DNA within their cells. In fact, nearly every […]

Health Equity and Flu

April 27, 2022 - One of FFF’s core beliefs is that everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or any other identifying information, deserves to be healthy. Because the health of one affects the health of all, we want EVERYONE to have the best chance at getting vaccinated, tested, and treated against influenza to avoid a potentially […]

Lessons Learned from COVID-19 for Flu Preparedness

April 14, 2022 - While Josiah Swenson was fighting for his life in the ICU with a severe case of influenza B in March 2020, his mother was forced to leave him in the hospital alone due to COVID-19 precautions. Over the last two years, many other families suffered from the double impacts of flu and COVID-19. Like the […]

How To Take Care of Yourself When Grieving

April 10, 2022 - There is nothing we can say that can immediately ease the loss of your loved one. But, there are others like you who have experienced a loss, and we know how to best take care of yourself during the grief process.  While everyone grieves differently, the following tips and recommendations will help you to cope […]
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