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2010 - Say "Boo!" to the Flu - Program

"I would not have been able to get these shots for my children if not for Say "Boo!" to the Flu" - Mom of 3, Houston, Texas

Families Fighting Flu, Visiting Nurse Associations of America and The Clorox Company teamed up for the Say "Boo!" to the Flu program, a national campaign to increase the number of families vaccinated nationwide and educate them on other simple prevention tricks – like hand washing and disinfecting germ hot spots – to help families have a healthier flu season.


This year, Say "Boo!" to the Flu is providing "turnkey kits" to VNA agencies across the country to help them host their own "Boo!" events. This year, we have 42 agencies participating nationwide and have almost 100 clinics scheduled throughout the month of October! Last year, the participating agencies were able to vaccinate 18,000 people. We are hoping to vaccinate even more this year! Download the Boo! Brochure to learn more...


Seasonal Influenza vs. H1N1 Influenza
This season's annual flu vaccine will protect against the H1N1 virus and two other viruses that cause the flu. Influenza is the leading cause of vaccine-preventable deaths for children. In February 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded its seasonal flu vaccination to recommend that everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated against the flu every year.

Families Casting the Wrong Spells on Flu

When it comes to flu Americans are confused by what's fact and what's fiction and often rely on time honored "old wives' tales" to scare away the virus, according to a recent survey of 1,000 consumers by The Clorox Company. The survey revealed that:

  • Only 10 percent of Americans understand that flu is contagious both before and after one develops symptoms. In fact, most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick.1 That's why taking prevention steps like frequent hand washing, coughing and sneezing into your elbow and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces are so important.
  • Only about 10 percent of Americans seem clear that eating chicken soup or drinking tea and other warm beverages does not help flu symptoms go away more quickly. While chicken soup, tea and other warm beverages may help you feel better temporarily, they have not been proven to make symptoms go away more quickly.
  • Nearly one-third of Americans believe cold weather can lead to flu, and one-third are also mistaken or confused about whether going out in the cold with wet hair can lead to flu. In fact, experts confirm that flu is transmitted from person to person when someone with flu coughs, sneezes or talks.

Survey conducted by The Clorox Company, September 2010

Find a Say "Boo!" to the Flu Event Near You

Be a flu fighting wizard this flu season. Get your family vaccinated against flu at Say "Boo!" to the Flu events, and learn helpful tips to teach your family to cast away the flu this fall and winter. Click Here to find a Say "Boo!" to the Flu event near you - protect your family this fall and have fun at the same time!

Say "Boo!" to the Flu and You Could Win!
Help your family cast a spell on flu this year by visiting and taking the flu prevention pledge. Commit to following the prevention steps and you could be the most popular parent around. In addition to helping your family scare away the flu virus this year, you could also win a trip that your little wizards will remember forever.

One lucky pledger will win a trip for a family of four to the new wizard-themed amusement park in Orlando, Florida. Additionally, each week five lucky winners will receive a Say "Boo!" to the Flu prize pack during the month of October, containing Halloween-themed treats that will help kids scare away the flu.

* The sweepstakes will officially begin when the Say "Boo!" to the Flu Website updates go live on September 29, and will run through November 17.

Flu Prevention Tops
Vaccination is the first step in flu prevention. However, even after getting vaccinated, families should also use simple steps to help prevent the spread of the flu virus - and other potentially harmful bacteria and viruses - in their homes:

  • Wash Hands Often: Wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds (sing the "Happy Birthday" song twice).
  • Disinfect Germ Hot Spots: Disinfect the surfaces kids touch most frequently - like doorknobs, light switches, faucets or toys.
  • Do the Elbow Cough: Cough and sneeze into your elbow instead of your hands.
  • Follow Good Health Guidelines: Eat right, exercise and get lots of sleep to fight the effects of colds and flu.

When posting information on Twitter about Boo! or your Boo! events, please add in #Boo2theFlu to your Twitter post(s). It will allow us to track everyone who twitters about Boo! in one location. Your readers will also automatically be able to click on the #Boo2theFlu in your twitter post and will be taken to a place where they can see all the Boo! Twitter posts too. For example, you could post: "VNA of Fax Valley is hosting a #Boo2theFlu clinic on Sept. 2." or "Attended the #Boo2theFlu Clinic @ Ray Elementary School 2day."

Say "Boo"!" to the Flu Website
Beyond the exciting nationwide, cross-country tour in October, Say"Boo!" to the Flu also has an interactive online home, to help families learn how to make the flu virus too scared to come to their house. The site offers free, interactive tools and games to help parents teach their children about flu prevention. Parents can also find a flu vaccination event in their area, take the vaccination pledge and more on the Website!

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