Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones Against The Flu: Get Vaccinated Now!

(January 25, 2011)

Flu VaccineWith winter upon us, now is the time to get vaccinated against the flu if you haven’t done so already. Many scientists and physicians believe flu activity is prevalent during winter months because people are in more confined spaces, allowing the virus to be more easily transmitted from person-to-person. Additionally, studies show that low humidity and cooler temperatures help the influenza virus live longer and spread faster.

The personal story of Zack Yaksich reminds everyone about the seriousness of influenza and why vaccination through the winter and early spring is so important. In February 2003, tragedy struck Zack and his family when they lost his 5-year-old daughter, Alana, to influenza-related complications. Alana had not been vaccinated against influenza.

“Parents need to know that it’s so important to get their family vaccinated against influenza every single year,” Zack said. “My family has joined the American Lung Association’s Faces of Influenza program to help send out this important message.”

Now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months of age and older be immunized, Zack and his wife make sure their entire family gets vaccinated against influenza every year, and want to help put a “face” on this serious disease and spread the word about the importance of getting vaccinated.

For the past five years, the American Lung Association’s Faces of Influenza campaign has worked to increase vaccination rates by raising awareness that the flu is a serious illness, and encouraging people nationwide to see themselves as “faces” of influenza. With the CDC’s ‘universal’ influenza recommendation and reports of increasing influenza activity across the country, now is the perfect time to get vaccinated.

To learn why we all are “faces” of influenza or to find a flu vaccination clinic near you, visit www.facesofinfluenza.org. The American Lung Association’s Faces of Influenza educational initiative is made possible through a collaboration with sanofi pasteur.