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American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic Kicks Off 2009-2010 Faces of Influenza Campaign in Philadelphia
Date:10/15/2009

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to educate Philadelphia-area residents about the importance of annual seasonal influenza vaccination, the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic is kicking off its 2009-2010 Faces of Influenza initiative to encourage local residents to see themselves and their loved ones among the many "faces" of influenza - people who fall into one or more target groups recommended for annual vaccination by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Tara Watson, a local Philadelphia-area mother, knows firsthand how dangerous seasonal influenza can be for her and her family. Tara's son, Nathaniel, contracted a nearly fatal case of pneumonia resulting from a respiratory infection at the age of 4 months, and her daughter Hannah also experienced pneumonia at the age of 1. Since then, both children have been diagnosed with asthma.

In support of the program, Tara's kids, Hannah and Nathaniel received their seasonal influenza vaccinations together this week at their family doctor's office. Tara hopes that through leading by example, other Philadelphia-area residents will see themselves and their loved ones among the many "faces" of influenza and get vaccinated.

"I make seasonal vaccination a priority each year since influenza is a major family concern, and getting vaccinated is the best protection against influenza-related complications," said Watson. "My family is partnering with the American Lung Association on this initiative because we want to help educate other families about how important flu vaccination is for their families' health."

The recent H1N1 outbreak is a strong reminder that influenza is not the common cold. It's a serious respiratory illness. Each year approximately 226,000 people ar
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