"#Flu has killed 22 more children,... The total number of flu-related pediatric deaths is now at least 84 nationwide.... about three-quarters of children who have died were not fully vaccinated, and about half were previously healthy,... In children younger than 9, the vaccine actually offers much greater protection, reducing by more than half the risk of becoming so sick that they need to see a doctor." #FightFlu #WhyIvax #VaccinesWork
"He [HHS Secretary Azar], his wife and his children had all had #flu shots, he said, and so had President Donald J. Trump.
The vaccine is 39 percent effective overall, Mr. Azar said, and 59 percent effective in children." #FightFlu #WhyIvax #VaccinesWork
On March 13, 1996, a gunman entered a school in Dunblane shooting to death 16 young children and their teacher and wounding 15 others. Residents of Dunblane initiated the Snowdrop Campaign which changed gun laws in Britain resulting in a drop in gun violence. When will we act? #SandyHook #Columbine #Parkland #EnoughIsEnough #EndGunViolence
"Wednesday's shooting marks the 18th time a gun has gone off on a school campus in the United States since the start of 2018, just 45 days into the year." #EnoughIsEnough #EndGunViolence #Parkland Everytown for Gun Safety
"The Broward County, Florida, sheriff said 17 people are dead in the Wednesday shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the city of Parkland, northwest of Fort Lauderdale.... The sheriff said the shooter used an AR-15 rifle and had 'multiple magazines.'" #EnoughIsEnough #EndGunViolence #Parkland
"Hunter Conner had none of those risk factors, but the #flu took his life last month despite his parents’ best efforts to protect and save him.... Hunter didn’t get a flu shot this flu season. His parents said Hunter skipped the vaccine because he’d never been sick, and because they’d heard the vaccine would not be very effective this year." #FightFlu #WhyIvax #VaccinesWork #Resist #AlternativeFacts
"The Tennessee Department of Health reported Monday there have been seven pediatric deaths and one death of a pregnant woman associated with the #flu in Tennessee during the 2017-18 flu season.... 'The vaccine offers the best protection from the flu and reduces severe outcomes should an individual become ill with the flu,' the Health Department said...." #FightFlu #WhyIvax #VaccinesWork
"I would love to hold anti-vaxxers accountable for the diseases and occasional deaths that result from vaccine-preventable illness in the youngest and frailest of our society. These people prey on the fears of parents and caregivers. It is much easier to destroy confidence than to build it.... Parents want to do what is best.... Let’s show them that this argument has only one side: vaccinate." Management Sciences for Health #VaccinesWork #EveryChildNeeds #CommunityImmunity #PutKids1st
"Deaths from #influenza and pneumonia,.. were responsible for 1 of every 10 deaths last week,... There were 40,414 deaths in the U.S. during the third week of 2018, the most recent data available, and 4,064 were from pneumonia or influenza,... The death toll in future weeks is expected to grow even higher because #flu activity is still rising—and the number of deaths follow the flu activity.... The agency [CDC] reported another 10 deaths among children this season, bringing the total to 63 so far. Half had no other medical conditions that would place them in the high-risk category, and only about 20 percent were vaccinated." #FightFlu #WhyIvax #VaccinesWork
"The death of a far north Queensland man from #diphtheria is a sign the state is failing to properly vaccinate the community, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) says.... The man, who was in his 20s and not vaccinated against the disease,.. had since died.... 'In the early 1900s, diphtheria caused more deaths in Australia than any other infectious disease,' he [Dr Richard Kidd] said.
'It's a very powerful story about the value of the vaccine because it's virtually disappeared and no vaccinated person has died from diphtheria in Australia in the past 20 years.'... claims made by the anti-vaccination movement were contributing to lower vaccination rates in Queensland." #WhyIvax #VaccinesWork #EveryChildNeeds #CommunityImmunity
"A freshman at a California high school has died after contracting the #flu,... Between Oct. 1, 2017 -- when the flu season officially began -- and Jan. 13, the California Department of Public Health reported 74 flu deaths for people 65 and under. At the same time last year, there were 14 flu deaths.... The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] said 10 more pediatric flu deaths were reported last week, bringing the total to more than 60 children who have died from the flu so far this season." #FightFlu #WhyIvax #VaccinesWork