Say Boo to the Flu!
Program brings awareness to the importance of fighting the flu
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 expanded its 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.
During the past two years, 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, the Visiting Nurse Associations of America and The Clorox Company have teamed up to help educate families through the Say “Boo!” to the Flu program.
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 virus this flu season.
Tips for Scaring Away the Flu:
• Wash Hands Frequently: Wash hands with warm water and soap, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds.
• Disinfect Germ Hot Spots: Kids can touch up to 300 surfaces in 30 minutes, so disinfect the surfaces kids touch most frequently – like doorknobs, light switches, faucets or plastic toys.
• Do the Elbow Cough: Cough and sneeze into your elbow instead of your hands to help prevent the spread of germs from touch.
• Follow Good Health Guidelines: Eat right, exercise and get plenty of sleep to help boost your body’s ability to fight the effects of colds and the flu.
Please visit www.sayboototheflu.com for more information, the complete tour schedule, downloadable family activities, a flu clinic locator and simple flu-prevention tips.