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Families Fighting Flu Commends the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' Recommendation for Universal Influenza Vaccination
Date:2/24/2010

"The ACIP's vote for universal influenza vaccination recommendation is a huge step in further helping to prevent and control influenza," said Richard Kanowitz, president of FFF.  "This recommendation will help lower the chances of the disease spreading and as a result further safeguard our children from this very serious disease."  Kanowitz's four-year-old daughter, Amanda, died suddenly in March 2004 from influenza.  At the time of her death, Amanda did not fall within the influenza vaccination recommendations and therefore was not vaccinated against the flu.

Influenza is a very serious disease that kills on average, nearly 100 children younger than five years of age in the U.S. every year.  More than 20,000 children under the age of five are hospitalized annually due to the flu.  Since August 30, 2009, the CDC has received reports of 262 influenza-associated pediatric deaths due to both H1N1 and seasonal flu during the current flu season.  Annual vaccination is safe and effective and is the single best way to help prevent the number of illnesses and deaths caused by influenza in people of all age groups.

"Prevention from the flu is only as good as the number of people who actually get vaccinated," said Laura Scott, Executi
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