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Audio: NACCP, Families Fighting Flu, and the Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition Team Up to Educate Families About Annual Childhood Flu Vaccination
Date:11/12/2008

New Survey: Misinformation, Concern among Mothers Regarding Protecting Children from the Flu

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ --

News Facts

-- Today the National Association of Child Care Professionals (NACCP),

Families Fighting Flu (FFF) and the Childhood Influenza Immunization

Coalition (CIIC) are launching the second annual nationwide flu

awareness campaign for children, "Fighting Flu in Child Care

Settings: Building Blocks to Increase Influenza Awareness."

-- The goals of the program are to educate parents about the seriousness of

influenza in children and increase influenza vaccination rates in more

than 1,300 child care centers across the country.

-- Children die every year in the United States from influenza and its

complications; over the past five flu seasons, nearly 400 children have

died from influenza and its complications. More than 20,000 children

under the age of 5 are hospitalized due to influenza each year.

-- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all

children aged six months through 18 years get vaccinated against the flu

every year -- and 81 percent of mothers recently surveyed did not know

this.

-- The campaign aims to supply child care centers across the country with

family-friendly tools and materials to help educate parents about the

importance of annual flu vaccination in children; now through the end of

March, child care center directors will be individually tracking flu

vaccinations for children within their centers and encouraging healthy

preventative practices.

-- This program is funded by an unrestricted educational grant to FFF from

sanofi pasteur.

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