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Most Parents Are Unaware of Expanded CDC Flu Vaccination Recommendations
Date:9/24/2008

Families Fighting Flu, Visiting Nurse Associations of America and The Clorox Company Partner to Educate and Vaccinate More Families Than Ever

ATLANTA, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Only one in 10 parents is aware of the recommended age range for children to be vaccinated against the flu, according to a new survey. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded the flu vaccination recommendations in February 2008 to include all children from 6 months through 18 years old, expanding vaccinations to 30 million more school-age children.

The survey also found that during the past two years, nearly 60 percent of parents did not get their children vaccinated against the flu. To drive awareness of the new recommendations and the importance of flu vaccinations, Families Fighting Flu (FFF) -- a group of parents who have lost a child to the flu -- the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) -- the largest non-profit network of flu immunizers -- and The Clorox Company have teamed up to help educate families about the broadened recommendations and to increase the number of people getting flu vaccinations nationwide through the Say "Boo!" to the Flu program.

"My wife and I didn't realize how important one flu vaccination could be until we lost our daughter, Amanda, to the flu," said Richard Kanowitz, President of FFF. "That is why this program is so important to us -- Say 'Boo!' to the Flu educates parents on the importance of getting their kids vaccinated and other steps they can take to help prevent the spread of the flu virus."

In its third year, the Say "Boo!" to the Flu program educates families nationwide on how to treat the entire family to a healthier, happier flu season. The program features a bus tour that will travel across the country, stopping along the way to vaccinate families in 12 cities and give them the tricks they need to fight the flu virus this flu season.

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