New PSA Campaign Encourages Three-Step Plan to Fight Flu
- National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) Launches "Don't Let the Flu Close in on You" Television Spots - PSAs also available online at www. nfid. org - Three steps recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent influenza: vaccination, good hygiene, and antiviral medications.
Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) February 22, 2007 -
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) (http://www. nfid. org) has launched a television public service announcement (PSA) campaign to educate Americans about the three steps recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent influenza: vaccination, good hygiene, and antiviral medications.
The "Don't Let the Flu Close in on You" PSAs (http://www. nfid. org/influenza/media%5Fpsa. html) are also available online on NFID's Web site, along with additional educational information about influenza.
Each year, one out of every five Americans will get influenza, a serious and sometimes deadly infection. Vaccination and good hygiene are the most effective ways to prevent influenza, but treatment is available for those who do get sick.
"We don't have to take the flu lying down," said Susan Rehm, M. D., NFID medical director. "We have clear ways to prevent and treat influenza -- including an annual influenza vaccination, practicing good hygiene and taking prescription antivirals, should we get sick. The influenza season can sustain through April or May. Now is the time to understand the symptoms of influenza and take appropriate steps if you do get sick, such as calling the doctor at the first signs of flu."
Don't Let the Flu Close in on You is part of NFID's ongoing campaign to educate people about influenza prevention and treatment. The initiative is made possible through an educational grant from Roche.
About Influenza (http://www. nfid. org/influenza/)
Influenza, more commonly referred to as "the flu," is a highly contagious viral infection of the nose, throat and lungs. Influenza occurs most often in the late fall, winter and early spring. It is a serious infection which afflicts more than 60 million Americans every year.
Influenza impacts people of all ages. Common symptoms include a high fever (101ºF-102ºF) that begins suddenly, sore throat, chills, cough, headache and muscle aches. Influenza frequently causes people to miss school and work but in some cases there are severe complications such as pneumonia. Each year, more than 200,000 Americans are hospitalized and about 36,000 die from influenza-related complications.
About National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public foundation established in 1973 to educate the public and health care professionals about the causes, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases.
Fleishman-Hillard on behalf of NFID