MEDIA TOOLKIT

Sample Twitter Messages

Tweet the messages below to your followers or re-tweet messages from Family Voices:

  • Children with neurologic conditions are at increased risk of flu complications. 1.usa.gov/1aLlKo8 #flu
  • Protect your child - get him or her the flu vaccine. bit.ly/18bxRIF #flu
  • Make it a family event - get everyone vaccinated against the flu. 1.usa.gov/156ttso #flu

 

Facebook

Follow Family Voices on Facebook and share our information about the flu.

 

About this Toolkit:

Facts:

  • Only half of children with neurologic conditions get the flu vaccine each year!
  • 64% of children with underlying health conditions who died from the flu in 2009 had a neurologic condition!
  • Most families depend on their child's doctor for information about the flu.

Action: Spread the word "Flu Shots can Protect CYSHCN from Serious Complications of the Flu"

  1. Sample Twitter Messages
  2. Share FV Facebook stories
  3. Printed Materials
    • Fact Sheet - Flu and Families of CYSHCN
    • Flu FAQ for Families of CYSHCN
    • Poster (8 1/2 * 11) to print for display at clinics, fairs, etc.
    • Letter from HHS informing Pediatricians of Flu Complications for CYSHCN
  4. Web Buttons to use on your website to link families to flu information
  5. Sample Newsletter Article

Print Materials

Download: Fact Sheet - Flu & Children/Youth with Special Health Care Needs/Disabilities


Flu Facts for Families of Children/Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Download:La Gripe O Influenza Y Los Niños/Jovenes Que Tienen Necesidades Especiales De Salud/Discapacidades

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Download: Letter from Department of Health & Human Services to Pediatricians about the Risk of Flu Complications for Children with Neurological Conditions
 

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Download: Poster English (11 x 8 1/2 inches)

 Flu Poster English

 

Download: Poster English (8 1/2 x 11 inches)

Flu Poster English (2)

 

Download: Poster Spanish - 11 x 8 inches

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Web Buttons

Post these web buttons on your site to connect families to flu information:

How the Badge will appear
on your Web page
HTML code to use on your Web page

Children with neurologic conditions are at increased risk of flu complications. Protect Your Child. Get the Flu Vaccine NOW!

<a href="http://www.fv-ncfpp.org/activities/flu/flufacts/" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.fv-ncfpp.org/files/7513/7925/4276/WebButton_Eng_09-12-2013.jpg" alt="Children with neurologic conditions are at increased risk of flu complications. Protect Your Child. Get the Flu Vaccine NOW! Learn more" width="141" height="276" border="0" ></a>

Take a short survey from the cdc about flu prevention and treatment

<a href="http://www.fv-ncfpp.org/activities/flu/flufacts-spanish/" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.fv-ncfpp.org/files/5213/7925/4507/WebButton_Esp_09-12-2013.jpg" alt="Los niños con enfermedades neurológicas tienen un mayor riesgo de complicaciones de la gripe. Proteja a su hijo. La vacuna contra la gripe AHORA! Más información." width="212" height="216" border="0" ></a>

 

Sample Newsletter Article

Flu and Children/Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)

With flu season officially beginning October 1, families should take steps now to ensure that everyone in the household is as protected as possible, especially children/youth with special health care needs/disabilities. 

A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), based in part on a survey of families developed in partnership with Family Voices which was distributed through Family-to-Family Health Information and FV State Affiliate Organization networks, reveals these key findings relevant to CYSHCN:

These findings are significant because in a report published last year, CDC documented that 64% of children with underlying health conditions who died from the flu had a neurologic disorder or neurodevelopmental condition. 

 If children with intellectual disabilities are vulnerable to flu complications, and families depend on their pediatrician for advice, yet doctors are not aware of the risk, are we inadvertently placing children with neurologic disorders at risk?  What can we do?

Families and providers must learn about the complications of the flu for CYSHCN and take steps to prevent avoidable illness.  Families can share information and concerns with their child’s provider, including risks of flu complications for children with neurologic and neurodevelopmental conditions.  Families should follow CDC guidelines that any individual over 6 months of age receive the flu shot; children under the age of 6 months cannot get the flu vaccine and so it is very important that all other family members get vaccinated and take precautions to keep germs from spreading.

Learn more about the flu and children and youth with special health care needs/disabilities at http://www.fv-ncfpp.org/activities/flu/flufacts/.