Navigation Links
Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition Responds to Recent Influenza Outbreaks

BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The recent influenza outbreaks across the country, resulting in at least one confirmed death of a child, is a stark reminder that the influenza virus is a serious disease and as widespread as ever.

The reality is that influenza hospitalizes more than 20,000 children younger than 5 years of age each year in the United States -- and causes approximately 100 deaths. These statistics are particularly tragic because many childhood influenza infections are preventable through annual immunization; however, vaccination rates among children are dismally low.

"Annual influenza immunization is safe and protects our children from disease. Many children across our nation are vulnerable to influenza infection every year because they are not vaccinated," said Coalition Chair Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States (2002- 2006), President of Canyon Ranch Institute and Distinguished Professor of Public Health, The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

The Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition is committed to increasing vaccination rates among children. Disturbed by low rates of only 20.6% among children recommended for the influenza vaccine, the Coalition recently issued a report outlining strategies for parents and health care professionals to help improve immunization rates among this vulnerable population. Two key findings of the report are: offering influenza vaccinations at all medical visits, and making use of the full season -- vaccinating as soon as vaccines are available and also using every opportunity to vaccinate throughout the winter into February and March because the influenza vaccine continues to be of benefit while the virus circulates.

"We urgently need to make influenza prevention a national priority so that parents will take a simple, yet important step to protect their child's health and have their children vaccinated," said Carol J. Baker, M.D., President of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. "The Coalition initiatives provide parents and health care professionals with important information to encourage the vaccination of children and their close contacts."

The Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition was established by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases to protect infants, children and adolescents from influenza by communicating with "one strong voice" the need to make influenza immunization a national health priority. The Coalition seeks to address and improve the low influenza immunization rates among children. Members represent 25 of the nation's leading public health, medical, patient and parent groups committed to protecting children's health and encouraging wellness. The Coalition is made possible through an unrestricted educational grant to NFID from sanofi pasteur.

More information about influenza immunization, including the new Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition Report, is available at

Contact: Jennifer Corrigan

Work: 732-382-8898

Cell: 732-742-7148

SOURCE Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Penn childhood obesity researchers panelists at AAAS Town Hall Event
2. Sleep duration may play important role in childhood obesity
3. Agatston Research Foundation Sponsors New Childhood Obesity Initiative
4. Hispanic Radio Listeners Nationwide to Support Life-Saving Efforts Against Childhood Cancer
5. Mercury in Childhood Vaccines Excreted Quickly
6. Childhood Vaccines Save Lives, March Of Dimes Says
7. Maternal Distress Raises Risk of Childhood Asthma
8. Natural Harmony Foods Works to Reduce Childhood Obesity
9. Treating Childhood Pneumonia at Home Could Save Lives in Developing Countries
10. Surviving childhood cancer -- the success story
11. Body Abnormalities, Childhood Cancer May Share Genes
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking ... American College of Mohs Surgery and to Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical ... effective treatment for skin cancer. The selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (PRWEB) , ... June 25, ... ... to helping both athletes and non-athletes recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented ... for the Oklahoma City area —Johnson is one of the first doctors to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... June 19, 2016 is ... associated with chronic pain and the benefits of holistic treatments, Serenity Recovery Center ... suffering with Sickle Cell Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a disorder of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of ... Cancer Society and the Road To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and ... other adults to ensure the highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Puradigm® & Innovative Solutions ... initiated cultivation and processing operations at its production facility, and opened its first ... is the manufacturer of a complete system of proactive air and surface purification ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... June 27, 2016  VMS Rehab Systems, Inc. ( ... take whatever measures required to build a strong and ... is currently listed on the OTC Markets-pink current trading ... and CEO, "We are seeing an anomaly in market ... not only by the Company, but shareholders and market ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... CAMBRIDGE, Mass. , June 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network,s Dean Center for ... of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, MIT Hacking Medicine, ... Center for Innovation, today announced the five finalists ... Hackathon for Lyme disease.  More than 100 scientists, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... and SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. , June ... -based mobile pulmonary function testing company, is now able to ... devices developed by ndd Medical Technologies , Inc. ... done in hospital-based labs.  Thanks to ndd,s EasyOne PRO ® , ... , can get any needed testing done in the comfort of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: