New Survey: Misinformation, Concern among Mothers Regarding Protecting Children from the Flu
ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ --
-- 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
-- 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
-- This program is funded by an unrestricted educational grant to FFF from
To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/fff/35765/
Click here to read key findings from a new survey of mothers of children in child care regarding flu awareness and prevention.
Click here to view or download the flu awareness campaign fact sheet.
Quotes, Photos and Bios
Sherry Workman, Executive Director and CEO of NACCP:
-- "Protecting kids in child care centers from the flu means a
healthier child care center environment and potentially, a healthier
community for all of us."
-- "We were very pleased that 90 percent or more of children in many
of our centers were vaccinated against the flu during last year's
campaign, and we are excited to be able to educate even more parents and
vaccinate even more children and families this flu season."
Click here to read a bio of Sherry Workman.
Richard Kanowitz, President of Families Fighting Flu and father of
4-year-old Amanda, who died suddenly from influenza in March 2004:
-- "Vaccinating children against the flu is the single best way to
protect them and their families from the virus."
-- "Unfortunately, many parents still don't know that the flu is
far more serious than the common cold, and that it is likely to be
prevented with a simple annual flu vaccination. I urge all parents to
ask their doctor about childhood flu vaccination this flu season."
Click here to download a high resolution photo of Amanda Kanowitz.
Click here to read Amanda's story.
Dr. Carol J. Baker, NFID immediate past president, CIIC moderator:
-- "It's so important for parents to know that the CDC recommends
that all children six months through 18 years of age get vaccinated
against the flu every year. The bottom line is that anyone who wants to
reduce his or her risk of becoming ill with influenza, or of spreading
it to others, should get an annual influenza vaccination."
Click here to read a bio of Carol Baker.
Please contact Laura Scott to arrange an interview and/or for additional quotes.
Click here to listen to an audio podcast with FFF Board member Julie Moise and NACCP Executive Director/CEO Sherry Workman about the importance of children getting vaccinated against the flu.
About Families Fighting Flu, Inc.
Families Fighting Flu (FFF) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization established in 2004 that is made up of families and healthcare practitioners. Each family has experienced first-hand the death of a child due to the flu or has had a child experience severe medical complications from the flu. We are dedicated to educating people about the severity of influenza and the importance of vaccinating children against the flu every year. Through education and advocacy, we hope to improve the rates of childhood flu vaccinations and help reduce the number of childhood illnesses and deaths caused by the flu each year. For more information, visit http://www.familiesfightingflu.org or call 1-888-2ENDFLU.
The National Association of Child Care Professionals (NACCP) is the nation's leader among associations serving child care owners, directors, and administrators. NACCP is committed to strengthening the skill level of leaders in the field of early child care and education. The organization's members believe that effective management is the critical link to superior child care and are striving to improve the quality of early child care and education. For more information, visit http://www.naccp.org or call 1-800-537-1118.
About the Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition
The Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC) was established by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) to protect infants, children and adolescents from influenza by communicating with "one strong voice" the need to make influenza immunization a national health priority. CIIC seeks to address and improve the low influenza immunization rates among children. Members represent more than 25 of the nation's leading public health, medical, patient and parent groups committed to protecting children's health and encouraging wellness. For more information, visit http://www.preventchildhoodinfluenza.org or call 212-886-2277.
|SOURCE Families Fighting Flu, Inc.|
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