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Influenza is Leading Cause of Vaccine-Preventable Deaths for Kids; Despite CDC Recommendations, Moms Still Don't Vaccinate
Date:9/25/2007

ly with warm water and soap for at least

20 seconds (the time it takes to sing the "Happy Birthday" song

twice).

* Disinfect Hot Spots: Kids can touch up to 300 surfaces in 30

minutes, so be sure to disinfect the surfaces kids touch most

frequently -- like doorknobs, light switches, faucets or plastic

toys. Use a disinfectant designed to kill cold and flu viruses.

* Do the Elbow Cough: Teach kids to cough into elbows, not hands

where they're more likely to spread bacteria and viruses through

touch.

"The best treat we can give our children is to get them vaccinated against the flu," said Andy Carter, VNAA President. "Flu prevention is critical for families, but it doesn't have to be a chore -- Say 'Boo!' to the Flu makes it fun for the whole family."

Scare Away the Flu

It is estimated that each year in the United States, more than 20,000 children less than five years old are hospitalized due to the flu, and children less than two years old are even more likely to be hospitalized by the flu. Among children who died from the flu in the 2003-2004 flu season, 44 percent had no underlying conditions.

About Families Fighting Flu

Families Fighting Flu, Inc. (FFF) is a non-profit, volunteer-based corporation established in 2004 that is made up of families and healthcare practitioners who have experienced first-hand the death of a child due to the flu, or have had a child experience severe medical complications from the flu. As a Say "Boo!" to the Flu partner, FFF is dedicated to educating people about the severity of influenza and the importance of vaccinating children against the flu every year. For more information about FFF, go to http://www.familiesfightingflu.org.

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