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As part of an annual campaign to increase flu awareness and prevention, NFID kicked off its 2017-2018 flu season awareness activities with the 6th Annual Flu Awareness Night at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. Thanks to the Washington Nationals and the more than 37,500 fans who supported our efforts to #FightFlu!
Teens who feel invincible and put up a fight about a potentially painful shot should be no match for medical providers who can stand firm on the importance of vaccination. After all, many adolescents (and their parents) don’t understand what’s at stake if they opt out of a vaccine. Take it from a survivor of a vaccine-preventable disease: vaccines are unspeakably important and must be made a priority.
Flu easily spreads among students, including those in college. Students are constantly exposed to other students (and their germs/infections) in class. When students get the flu, it is nothing to take lightly. On average, college students with the flu experience 8 days or more of illness — potentially impacting days in the classroom and academic performance.
In partnership with NFID (@NFIDvaccines) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) influenza division (@CDCFlu), Richard Besser, MD chief health and medical editor at ABC News (@abcDrBchat), hosted a live tweet chat on influenza (flu) prevention on September 29, 2015 (using hashtag #abcDrBchat.) Scheduled to coincide with the start of flu season in the US, the chat provided an opportunity for individuals to ask questions around flu, flu vaccines, and other prevention strategies. Participating medical experts encouraged everyone six months and older to get vaccinated annually to help #FightFlu.