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  • Title: Faces of Influenza®
    Descriptive info: .. FACES OF INFLUENZA ® - American Lung Association's Influenza Prevention Program in Collaboration with sanofi pasteur.. Language options.. ENGLISH.. ESPAÑOL.. Navigation links.. ARE YOU AT RISK?.. Parents and Children.. Healthy Adults.. 50 and Older.. Chronic Illness.. DID YOU KNOW?.. Myths and Facts.. GET IMMUNIZED.. About the  ...   Reminder.. GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN.. Copyright 2012 American Lung Association.. Site Map.. Additional Resources.. References.. Press.. About.. Faces of Influenza.. AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION.. The mission of the American Lung Association is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.. Homepage.. Influenza.. Get Involved.. Donate.. Publications.. Newsletters..

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  • Title: Are You at Risk?
    Descriptive info: Are You at Risk?.. The Many Faces of Influenza.. Parents and children.. Chronic illness.. We all are "faces" of influenza and should be immunized this and every year.. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with the support of leading health experts, recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older be immunized.. 1.. The recommendation reinforces annual influenza vaccination as a public health priority and highlights the need for people to talk to their health care provider about the vaccine option that's right for them and their family this influenza season.. Vaccination is safe and effective, and the best way to help prevent influenza.. The American Lung Association urges you and your loved ones to get a flu shot every influenza season.. You should get your flu shot as soon as it becomes available in the late summer or early fall.. Even if you didn’t get vaccinated early in the influenza season, immunization into the spring or as long as the influenza virus is in circulation can be beneficial.. This is because in many seasons, influenza activity doesn’t peak until winter or early spring.. In fact, as long as influenza viruses are in circulation, it’s a good idea to get a flu shot.. For most adults, the vaccine can help protect against influenza within 2 weeks.. Talk to your health care provider for more information about the importance of influenza immunization and to find out more about the vaccine option that's right for you and your family this season.. Unfortunately influenza immunization rates fall far short of public health goals every year – even among those at highest risk.. The CDC recommends annual influenza immunization for everyone 6 months of age and older.. Getting vaccinated against the flu each year is one of the most important steps people can take to help protect themselves from flu.. Even healthy people need a flu shot – to help stay healthy and to help prevent the spread of flu to others.. Groups at higher risk of developing influenza-related complications include:.. People 50 years of age and older.. Pregnant women.. People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, diabetes, and others.. Residents of long-term care facilities and nursing homes.. Additionally, those who come into close contact with high-risk groups should get a flu shot, not only to help protect themselves against influenza, but also to help avoid spreading the disease to more vulnerable populations.. They include:.. Household contacts and caregivers of anyone in a high-risk group, including contacts such as parents, siblings, grandparents, babysitters, and child-care providers.. Health care personnel.. Note: Children 6 months through 8 years of age receiving a flu shot for the first time need two doses approximately one month apart for optimal protection.. Some people should not get the vaccine or should first talk with their health care provider.. These include:.. People with severe allergies to eggs.. People who have had a severe allergic reaction to a past influenza vaccination.. Children younger than 6 months of age, because no vaccination is licensed yet for this age group.. Did you know?.. Portrait Gallery.. Daina Maxwell and Dez’Arae Harrison.. Mother and Her Daughter With Asthma, Who Was Hospitalized for Influenza-related Complications.. “I never knew how serious influenza was until Dez’Arae got it,” Daina said.. “I am so lucky to still have her here, and I am not willing to take any more chances.. ”.. Lisa Amoruso.. Wife and Mother of 2 Who Contracted Nearly Fatal Case of Influenza.. Lisa, an otherwise healthy and active woman, had contracted influenza and was severely ill for approximately 5 months.. With the help of strong doctors and the love and support from her family and friends, Lisa survived and is now championing a new cause − influenza vaccination.. She wants others to know that influenza can strike anyone and vaccination can help provide protection.. Mario Linares.. Adult Living With Type 2 Diabetes.. Mario Linares has type 2 diabetes, a chronic medical condition that increases his risk for serious influenza-related complications, such as heart disease, blindness, nerve damage, and kidney damage.. Health officials strongly recommend that all people with chronic medical conditions be immunized against influenza annually.. Christina Fry, Rick Cerett, and Chalise Jackson.. Family of Infant Marques Jackson, Who Died at 6 Months of Age From Influenza-related Complications.. When infant Marques Jackson passed away  ...   can feel like a whirlwind of activities.. But parents John and Jody always ensure annual vaccination against influenza stays on top of their family’s to-do list.. Richard and Alissa Kanowitz.. Parents of Amanda Kanowitz, Who Died From Influenza-related Complications at 4.. When Richard and Alissa Kanowitz lost their daughter, Amanda, to influenza-related complications in 2004, they decided to do everything they could to save other families from enduring similar heartbreak.. Anne Schuchat, MD.. Rear Admiral, US Public Health Service Assistant Surgeon General Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.. Dr.. Schuchat has an important job of preventing disease through immunization, which puts her on the front lines in the fight against influenza infection.. Lylan Bui.. Daughter of Tri and Trinh Bui.. When Lylan reached 6 months of age, her mother, Trinh, made sure she was immunized against influenza because she knows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months of age and older.. Julie Moise.. Mother of Ian, Who Died From Influenza-related Complications at 6 1/2 Months of Age, Also Living With Asthma.. Julie Moise lost her 6 1/2-month-old son, Ian, to influenza-related complications in 2003, just 2 days after he was diagnosed with the disease.. Eva Quiroz and Jasper Quiroz-Hansen.. Working Mother of 2 and Her Son.. Even with her husband’s help, Eva Quiroz’s free time is limited.. But her family’s health is her top priority, no matter how busy she gets.. Eva knows influenza is a potentially life-threatening disease, so she schedules her family’s vaccination appointments with their doctor every year.. Linda DeLude.. Mother of 2 Who Lost Her Husband, Barry, a Minneapolis Firefighter, to Influenza.. Linda DeLude’s husband, Barry, a Minneapolis firefighter, was her best friend.. He always was healthy, so Linda never thought about making sure he was vaccinated against influenza.. But Barry was infected with influenza in March 2007 – tragically, he died from the disease.. Thomas R.. Frieden, MD, MPH.. Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.. Frieden, MD, MPH, does whatever he can to help protect the public’s health.. He knows influenza is a serious and deadly threat, and with the CDC’s recent recommendation for everyone 6 months of age and older to get vaccinated, Dr.. Frieden is more committed than ever to spreading the word about the importance of getting immunized against influenza each year.. Scott Jones.. Sacramento County Sheriff's Captain.. As a Sheriff’s Captain, Scott Jones knows part of his job means taking risks to make sure Sacramento County is a safe place to live.. But one risk Scott refuses to take is getting influenza – he gets himself and his family vaccinated every year.. David and Leia Schwartz.. Father and Daughter Living With Asthma.. David Schwartz and his daughter, Leia, both have asthma and understand how devastating influenza can be for those who fall in the highest-risk groups.. “Just the thought of getting influenza scares my family because we know how devastating it can be for Leia, who has asthma,” said David.. Nancy Cox, PhD.. Nancy Cox, PhD, always knew that she wanted to pursue a career in science and medicine, but she never dreamed that one day she would be the Chief of the Influenza Division at the CDC.. In this role, she helps make a difference in this country’s fight against seasonal influenza, which, combined with pneumonia, is the nation’s eighth leading cause of death.. 8.. Mark Williams, MD.. Pulmonary Disease Specialist, American Lung Association Board Member.. Mark Williams, MD, sees many “faces” of influenza on a daily basis, as everyone 6 months of age and older is recommended for annual influenza immunization by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, especially those with chronic lung conditions.. Rebecca and Nicolaas Wooters.. Mother and Her Son With Asthma.. Rebecca Wooters doesn’t take chances when it comes to influenza and takes protecting her family’s well-being seriously.. To help protect Nicolaas and the rest of her household each year, she makes vaccination a “family affair” and ensures all of her loved ones get their flu shot.. Heidi Kinsella.. Wife, Mother of 2, and School Teacher.. Being in close contact with so many children every day, Heidi knows that germs and viruses can spread easily among kids and even to their friends, families, and others.. That’s why she makes getting vaccinated against influenza a priority for herself and her family every year.. See All The Faces..

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  • Title: Vaccination for Children & Parents
    Descriptive info: Help Keep Your Family and Yourself Protected.. The flu is more dangerous for children than most parents realize.. In fact, children typically experience the highest rates of influenza infection each year.. They were hit particularly hard by the 2009 H1N1 virus, which was associated with most of the 341 influenza-related pediatric deaths reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from late April 2009 through mid-May 2010.. 2.. The tragedy has made Rick and Christina crusaders for yearly flu vaccinations for parents, children, and caregivers.. You think of influenza killing older people, not babies, Rick said.. But if you re around an infant, you need to get the vaccine to help protect them and, once your kids are old enough, they need to be vaccinated too.. Immunization is safe and effective, and the best way to help protect infants and children from contracting the influenza virus.. In fact, the CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older  ...   a flu shot, as they are at higher risk of developing complications from influenza.. This is especially important for children younger than 5 years of age with these conditions, as such children are 5 times more likely to be hospitalized with influenza-related illnesses than healthy children in the same age range.. 3.. Annual flu vaccination also is important for the rest of the household.. This includes parents, grandparents, siblings, and even babysitters - anyone who comes into close contact with high-risk groups.. Flu shots for the whole family are especially important if you have a child younger than 6 months of age in the house, since children this age are too young for the influenza vaccine.. Pregnant women also are at risk of serious flu-related complications, and are more likely to be hospitalized from influenza-related complications than non-pregnant women of the same age.. Getting a flu shot can help protect them, as well as their unborn children, from the influenza virus..

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  • Title: Immunization For Healthy Adults
    Descriptive info: Stay Healthy and Working.. Getting a flu shot can help keep you healthy and productive.. It also can help keep influenza out of your home.. By protecting yourself against influenza, you'll be less likely to pass it on to your children, spouse, parents, grandparents, or other loved ones.. In an average year, adults in the US miss 70 million days of work due to influenza.. Experts estimate that the flu costs US workers as much as $10 billion in lost wages during the 2006-2007 flu season.. 4.. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with the support of leading health experts, recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older be immunized, including healthy adults.. This includes you and all of your coworkers.. You should get your flu shot as soon as it becomes available, which can be as early as late summer  ...   as influenza viruses are in circulation, it's a good idea to get vaccinated.. For most adults, the flu vaccine can help protect against influenza within 2 weeks.. Annual influenza vaccination is especially important for health care workers, not only to protect themselves, but also to help protect their patients.. Many patients are at an increased risk for influenza and its related complications, so preventing the spread of influenza in a health care setting is especially important.. Unfortunately, no more than 49% of health care workers have gotten their flu shot historically.. No matter where you work, a flu shot is a safe and effective way to avoid influenza.. Influenza vaccine options are available for children, adults, and seniors.. Get your influenza immunization this and every year and talk to your health care provider about the vaccine option that s right for you and your family..

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  • Title: Immunization For 50+
    Descriptive info: Help Protect Yourself,.. Help Protect Your Loved Ones.. Adults 50 years of age and older lead full and active lives, balancing careers, hobbies, friends, and families.. Getting a flu shot every year is the best way to help protect yourself from missing work, needing medical visits and medications, and also passing the virus on to a colleague, friend, or family member.. Many in this population also take care of older parents and grandparents, as well as children and grandchildren.. Getting the entire family vaccinated is the best way to help protect them from missed days  ...   and older are more likely to have chronic medical conditions that can be made worse if they are infected with influenza.. These include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and diabetes, among others.. Typically, older adults are hardest hit by influenza.. Nearly 90% of deaths caused by influenza and its complications occur among people 65 years of age and older.. Don't take the chance; make sure you and your family are protected.. Talk to your health care provider to find out more about the vaccine option that's right for you and your family this influenza season..

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  • Title: Immunization & Chronic Illness
    Descriptive info: Don't Let Influenza Complicate Your Illness.. Influenza can make existing medical conditions much worse.. If you have a chronic medical condition such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, or heart disease, influenza could cause you serious complications and sometimes even death.. Getting a flu shot every year can lower those risks.. An analysis by the American Lung Association found that if 100% of people with asthma were immunized, up to  ...   of the following conditions, influenza vaccination is especially important because these groups are at higher risk of complications associated with the disease:.. Asthma.. COPD.. Heart disease.. Lung disease.. Kidney disease.. Metabolic diseases, such as diabetes.. Anemia and other blood disorders.. Weakened immune system.. It also is important for caregivers and household contacts of the chronically ill to get a flu shot every year.. These include parents, grandparents, siblings, babysitters, and child-care providers..

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  • Title: Influenza Symptoms
    Descriptive info: Did You Know?.. Anyone Can Get Influenza.. On average, 1 out of 5 Americans suffer from influenza every year.. 6.. ,.. 7.. In addition, influenza and its related complications result in approximately 226,000 hospitalizations in the US each year.. Depending on virus severity during the influenza season, deaths can range from 3000 to a high of about 49,000 people.. We all are at risk for contracting influenza.. The results for some will be lost work or school days.. But for those at highest risk, the results can be more serious leading to hospitalization and even death.. The best way to prevent influenza is with an annual flu shot.. Combined with  ...   cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches.. Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur, but are more common in children than adults.. Complications of Influenza.. Complications of influenza can include viral or bacterial pneumonia and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, congestive heart failure, and diabetes.. Children may experience sinus problems and ear infections.. How Influenza Spreads.. Influenza viruses spread in respiratory droplets caused by coughing and sneezing.. They usually spread from person to person, though sometimes people become infected by touching something contaminated with the influenza virus and then touching their mouth, eyes, or nose.. Get Immunized.. Public Service Announcements..

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  • Title: Influenza Myths & Facts
    Descriptive info: Find Out What Is Myth and What Is Fact When It Comes to Influenza.. Myth:.. Influenza is no more than a nuisance, much like the common cold, that cannot be prevented.. Fact:.. Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, is a severe respiratory illness that is easily spread and can lead to severe complications, even death.. ,.. 10.. Each year in the US, on average, influenza and its related complications result in approximately 226,000 hospitalizations.. You can get influenza from a flu shot.. The flu shot does not contain the live virus so it is impossible to get influenza from the vaccine.. Side effects may occur in some people, such as mild soreness, redness, or swelling at the injection site, headache, or a low-grade fever.. There’s only one type of vaccine available to help protect against the influenza virus.. I missed the chance to get an influenza vaccination in the fall, so now I have to wait until next year.. You and your loved ones can get vaccinated at any point during the influenza season.. You should be immunized as soon as vaccine is available in the late summer or early fall.. Even if you didn’t have a chance to get vaccinated early in the influenza season, immunization into the  ...   well.. Getting vaccinated annually is the best way to help protect against influenza.. Even if the vaccine is not a perfect match, it may offer some protection against a different, but related, strain that may begin to circulate in the community.. This could mean milder illness or prevention of complications.. For more information about influenza and influenza vaccines, you can visit these organizations online.. American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).. aafp.. org.. American Academy of Pediactrics (AAP).. aap.. American Lung Association.. lungusa.. American Medical Association (AMA).. ama-assn.. American Public Health Association (APHA).. apha.. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).. aafa.. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).. cdc.. gov/flu.. Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC).. preventchildhoodinfluenza.. Children s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).. vaccine.. chop.. edu.. Cleveland Department of Public Health.. clevelandhealth.. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.. phillyhealthinfo.. Every Child By Two (ECBT).. vaccinateyourbaby.. Families Fighting Flu, Inc.. familiesfightingflu.. Immunization Action Coalition (IAC).. immunize.. National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).. naccho.. National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID).. nfid.. org/influenza/media_psa.. html.. National Influenza Vaccine Summit (NIVS).. preventinfluenza.. org/nivs.. asp.. National Network for Immunization Information (NNii).. immunizationinfo.. Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases (PKIDs).. pkids.. Sanofi Pasteur.. sanofipasteur.. us.. United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).. hhs.. gov..

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  • Title: Flu Vaccination & Flu Clinics
    Descriptive info: Influenza Is Serious Get Immunized.. An annual flu shot is a safe and effective way to help protect you and your family from influenza.. Influenza is a serious respiratory illness that is easily spread and can lead to severe complications, even death, for you or someone with whom you come in contact.. Consider this:.. An estimated 226,000 Americans are hospitalized because of the flu annually.. Between 15 and 60 million Americans suffer from influenza in an average year.. From late April 2009 through mid-May 2010, the CDC reported 341 pediatric  ...   and its complications.. 11.. Complications from influenza most often occur among people 65 years of age and older.. You can learn more about the.. importance of getting an annual flu vaccine.. and watch the latest.. Find a Flu Vaccine Near You.. Help protect yourself and your loved ones against influenza this flu season.. The Flu Vaccine Finder, powered by Google, can help you find a vaccination clinic in your area.. To find a flu vaccine near you,.. click here.. You can also talk to your doctor for more information.. Tell Someone..

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  • Title: Flu Vaccine
    Descriptive info: Influenza Immunization.. The best way to reduce the effects of influenza is through annual vaccination.. A flu shot is safe and effective, and the best way to help prevent influenza.. Although mild side effects from vaccination are possible (eg, local soreness or redness, headache, etc), a person cannot get influenza from the flu shot.. Different strains of influenza often circulate each year.. This is why flu vaccine is produced every year to match these specific strains and help stop their ability to cause infection.. Since the viruses that circulate often change each season, it is important to get your flu shot each season to have the best protection.. The American Lung Association urges you and your loved ones to get vaccinated every flu season.. You can receive your flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available, which can be as early as late summer or early fall.. The recommendation reinforces annual vaccination as a public healthy priority and highlights the need for people to talk to their health care provider about the vaccine option that’s right for them and  ...   who come into close contact with someone at high risk should get vaccinated not only to help protect themselves against influenza, but also to help avoid spreading the disease to more vulnerable populations.. They include:.. Household contacts and caregivers of anyone in a high-risk group, including parents, siblings, grandparents, babysitters, and child-care providers.. Some people should not get the influenza vaccine or should first talk with their health care provider.. These include:.. Flu Facts.. Influenza can be deadly.. The flu can lead to trips to the hospital.. Each year in the US, influenza and its related complications result in an estimated 226,000 hospitalizations, about 20,000 of which involve children younger than 5 years of age.. The flu can strike anyone.. On average, 1 out of 5 Americans suffer from influenza each year.. Help protect yourself get immunized.. Everyone 6 months of age and older is recommended for an annual flu shot.. You can t get the flu from the flu shot.. Because it does not contain any live virus, it is impossible to get the flu from the flu shot..

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  • Title: Influenza Videos
    Descriptive info: Watch the.. public service announcements to learn more about influenza and why it is so important to help protect yourself and your family from this disease every year.. 0:15.. 1:00.. 0:30..

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