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Families Fighting Flu Urges Seasonal Flu Vaccination in Kids
Date:9/10/2009

lay sports, it is very important to my wife and me that we help keep our children healthy by getting them vaccinated every year so that they don't get sidelined by the flu. We've seen firsthand the devastation that can result from not getting children vaccinated. It's our responsibility as parents to protect our children, so please get them a seasonal flu vaccination this year and every year."

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About Seasonal Flu in Kids

Influenza is a very serious disease. On average, nearly 100 children younger than five years of age die each year due to influenza and its complications. In fact, more children die from flu than from chicken pox, whooping cough and measles combined. Additionally, more than 20,000 children under the age of five are hospitalized annually due to the flu.

According to the CDC, children are two-to-three times more likely than adults to get sick with the flu because of their less-developed immune systems. School-aged children also tend to have higher rates of influenza infection because of their close contact with friends and classmates who frequently spread germs among one another. In fact, during bad flu seasons, nearly 30 percent of school-aged children get sick and miss about 38 million school days a year overall.

About Families Fighting Flu, Inc.

Families Fighting Flu 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
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