Tag Archives: Influenza

Did Not Having a Flu Shot Land Me in the Hospital?

For weeks I had been watching the news and reading heartbreaking stories about the dangers of flu this season. It never really crossed my mind that this could happen to me or that I could suffer bad complications from the flu. I always figured I was blessed with a great immune system and this was never a concern for me. Well, maybe I should have been a little more prepared…


Influenza Vaccination: Protecting Yourself by Protecting Your Community

When it comes to flu, it certainly is in your best interest to get vaccinated annually. But you can substantially improve your chances of protection by also promoting vaccination to all those around you. Become an advocate in your community so that everyone for whom vaccination is recommended gets vaccinated each year, not only to protect yourself, but also the community at-large.

A Heart Healthy Lifestyle Includes Adult Vaccines

Along with Valentine’s Day, February is also American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. NFID reminds those with heart disease to stay up-to-date on all recommended vaccines, especially flu, pneumococcal, Tdap, and shingles…

Top 5 ‘Infectious’ News Stories of 2017

2017 featured continued activity in the world of infectious diseases – from hepatitis A outbreaks nationally, to an increased focus on antibiotic resistance across the globe. Read the top 5 infectious disease stories of 2017…

#FightFluChat Highlights

View highlights of the 2017 #FightFluChat on Twitter that included a discussion of the impact of influenza (flu), prevention strategies including the importance of annual vaccination, as well as flu vaccines specifically designed to increase immunity in older adults age 65 years and older. Messaging reinforced the CDC recommendation for everyone age six months and older to get vaccinated annually.

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.

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…