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NACCP, Families Fighting Flu, and the Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition Team Up to Educate Families About Annual Childhood Flu Vaccination
Date:11/12/2008

New Survey Finds Misinformation, Concern among Mothers Regarding Protecting Children from the Flu

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the National Association of Child Care Professionals (NACCP), Families Fighting Flu (FFF) and the Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC) are launching their second annual nationwide flu awareness campaign 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. The program, "Fighting Flu in Child Care Settings: Building Blocks to Increase Influenza Awareness," is being launched this flu season in conjunction with a new national survey of mothers of children in child care that revealed widespread confusion regarding how to protect children from the flu.

"Our campaign is especially important this year, as a new survey we conducted with Families Fighting Flu and the CIIC shows that many mothers who want to protect their loved ones from the flu are actually misinformed or unaware of the facts regarding flu vaccination in children," said Sherry Workman, Executive Director/CEO, NACCP. "For example, the vast majority of mothers surveyed - 81 percent - did not know that 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."

Other surprising survey findings include:

-- While 63 percent of mothers said they are concerned their children will

catch influenza in the child care setting, 43 percent of all moms

surveyed have NOT taken their children to get the flu vaccine within the

past two years.

-- Nearly half (47 percent) of mothers believe washing hands frequently is

the most effective way to help prevent their families from catching

influenza. The CDC recommends the flu vaccine as the most effective way'/>"/>

SOURCE Families Fighting Flu, Inc.
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