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Why Flu Vaccination Matters: Personal stories from families affected by flu
Watch personal and heart wrenching stories from families affected by influenza in this video produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Families Fighting Flu and shown here courtesy of both organizations. CDC recommends influenza vaccine every year for children 6 months through 18 years.

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6:47 min

UPenn Fights Influenza: Baby, Be Wise--Immunize!
Using song and lyrics to raise awareness of the importance of influenza vaccination for HCWs, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania created this 5-minute video featuring scores of employees lip-synching to a doo-wop beat.

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5:36 min

Coughs and Aerosols
When a healthy volunteer coughs, he expels a turbulent jet of air that is captured in a specialized image analysis. Several phases of cough airflow are revealed in this video. According to an accompanying New England Journal of Medicine article (October 9, 2008), "there is an increasing interest in visualizing such expelled airflows without the use of intrusive methods because of concern regarding the transmission of various airborne pathogens, such as viruses that cause influenza..."

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0:42 min

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Importance of Influenza Vaccination for Healthcare Personnel
Courtesy of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Patient Safety News. The FDA is urging healthcare facilities to ensure that influenza vaccination programs are available for their personnel. Vaccinating healthcare workers will decrease the likelihood that they will contract influenza, and also decrease the chance that they will infect others. This is especially important because these personnel often provide care to patients at high risk of serious and even fatal complications if they contract influenza. Of course another benefit of vaccinating staff is that it also protects their families from getting the disease.

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