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The Future of Influenza Vaccines

Creating transformational influenza vaccines that would eliminate seasonal influenza outbreaks, and decrease the threat of pandemic influenza is hard work. While we have made progress, there is much more to be done. Continued funding for influenza research is critical for protecting the health of the US population.

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Brittany’s Story: A Young Life Lost to Influenza

Seven months ago, I lost my beautiful daughter, Brittany Danielle Andersen, at the age of 20.  I’m sharing her story so that parents and young adults will know that the flu doesn’t just affect young kids and old people.  It can take anyone, at any age…

Why Aren’t College Students Getting Flu Shots?

Through our collective efforts, we truly believe that we can build a future where college students recognize their risk for influenza, are motivated to get vaccinated annually, and feel empowered to build healthy habits for a lifetime.

Helping Older Adult Patients #FightFlu

As a family physician, flu season is a busy time. Whether it is school-aged children who catch the flu from their classmates or older adults who come into contact with the virus during their daily routines, my office is full of patients who are feeling under the weather…

Tips for Having Positive Conversations with Parents About the Flu Vaccine

As pediatricians, family doctors, public health advocates, clinicians, nurses, and medical assistants, we remain parents’ most trusted source of information about vaccines. We have the profound opportunity to help support parents in understanding and confidently choosing to vaccinate their children on schedule and on time.

Giving Thanks for Good Health

Thanksgiving is typically a time to sit back, relax, enjoy the fall weather, and spend time with family. It is also a good time to think about what makes you most thankful. This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my health and am reminded of the importance of staying healthy as a parent of teenage twin daughters. One of the easiest steps I can take to ensure that I stay healthy for my children is to stay current on all recommended vaccines.

Be #AntibioticSmart: Help Fight Resistance

It is not too late to slow the spread of resistant bacteria. Prevention is key! Working together, we must identify and stop outbreaks faster, track the spread of disease more quickly, and improve the way antibiotics are used in healthcare and agriculture to preserve the effectiveness of these precious medicines.