Flu’s Gonna Lose

13 10 2011

Medical historians believe that influenza became a human disease about 6,000 years ago. Despite the enormous scientific, medical and technological sophistication we enjoy today, influenza, combined with pneumonia, is a leading cause of death in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says:

Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe. Over a period of 30 years, between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-related deaths in the United States range from a low of 3,000 people to a high of about 49,000 people. Each year, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from the flu, including an average of 20,000 children younger than 5 years of age.

The 2009-2010 flu season is an example of how unpredictable flu can be. That season followed the emergence of a new H1N1 influenza virus in the spring of 2009. This virus caused the first influenza pandemic (global outbreak of disease) in more than 40 years. Thousands of healthy children and adults had to visit the doctor or were hospitalized from flu complications.

As individuals, we want to protect ourselves against a largely preventable disease. As a community, we must get vaccinated to protect our youngest and oldest citizens—those most at risk not only for infection, but for the complications that can arise from infection.

If you’re wanting some materials or ideas for this flu season, we’ve developed a program that may be used by anyone wishing to promote flu vaccination.

PKIDs’ Flu’s Gonna Lose campaign urges family and community members to spread the health by refusing the opportunity to experience the vagaries of this deadly disease and instead, offer up an arm to immunization, wash our hands, cover our coughs and sneezes, and stay home to stop the spread of disease.

There are many free materials, both branded and unbranded, available for download from our website, including:

If you have any educational materials to share with others, will you provide URLs in the comments? Sharing ideas and materials is a great way to make our budgets stretch.

Adapted from PKIDs’ website





Free Flu Educational Materials

2 09 2010

If you’re a flu fighter, someone whose mission is to work with the public to stop disease transmission, there are a couple of resources we’d like to tell you about.

PKIDs has a toolkit for educators called Flu’s Gonna Lose.  This kit has free materials to download—most materials are open-source so you are allowed to brand with your organization logo and contact information.

The kit includes:

  • Posters 8.5 x 11 or 8.5 x 14
  • Web banners and buttons – animated or static
  • Podcasts and blogs for sharing
  • PTA materials with:
    • Fact sheets
    • Letter templates to raise flu awareness with school officials and staff
    • How-to guide for creating and running a school-based flu vaccine clinic
    • Sample radio PSA scripts
    • Sample press release
  • Nonprofit/group materials with:
    • Materials similar to PTA, but adapted for use by nonprofits

The CDC is coming out with many materials to support its new campaign, “Flu Ends With U.”

They offer:

There are many more materials coming from the CDC and they should all be online by end of September at the latest.

If you know of other free materials for flu educators to use, pass them along and we’ll post the info in a blog.