This National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 6-12), we want to remind all parents to make sure their family members – everyone 6 months and up – get their flu vaccine.
As an organization comprised of meningitis survivors and families who have lost loved ones to a vaccine-preventable disease, we know how important prevention is.
Although most people who get the flu will recover in less than two weeks, some may develop life-threatening complications. Each year, 5 to 20 percent of people in the U.S. get the flu. More than 200,000 people are hospitalized and 3,000 to 49,000 deaths occur. Last year alone, there were 147 pediatric deaths associated with the flu.
Families Fighting Flu is an advocacy organization dedicated to raising awareness about the seriousness of flu and the importance of vaccination. The organization includes families whose children have suffered serious medical complications or died from influenza.
This NIVW, we want to share the perspectives of these families with you:
With these stories in mind, NMA urges everyone 6 months and up to get a flu vaccine – protect yourself and your family.