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
|SOURCE Families Fighting Flu, Inc.|
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