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Video: Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition Supports Second Annual Children's Flu Vaccination Day
Date:12/9/2008

the number of children prioritized for vaccination this year by roughly 30 million. One way to reach and vaccinate more children is to continue to give vaccine later into the influenza season. But CDC survey data show that very few Americans seek vaccination during the winter months, with a considerable drop in vaccination rates taking place every year around Thanksgiving.

"This day is meant to remind parents that influenza vaccine is still available, should be given, and continues to be beneficial when given in the winter months," Dr. Baker said. "If you and your children have not yet been vaccinated against influenza, I strongly urge you to do so. Vaccination keeps kids in school and parents at work. It also saves lives and prevents hospitalizations."

About the Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition

NFID's Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition was established to protect infants, children and adolescents from influenza by communicating with "one strong voice" the need to make influenza immunization a national health priority. Coalition members represent 30 of the nation's leading public health, medical, patient and parent groups committed to protecting children's health and encouraging wellness.

The Coalition has an array of informational resources available on its Web site, www.PreventChildhoodInfluenza.org. The site features a 2+ minute informational video on influenza, www.preventchildhoodinfluenza.org/ciicvideo, and videos of Coalition members answering frequently asked questions. Broadcast-quality b-roll is available for download at http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/ciic/34896.

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