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Online Resources

The organizations listed below offer additional resources and information on influenza and influenza vaccination. Once you click on a link, you will leave the CIIC Web site. Not all of the resources listed below are from CIIC member organizations, and not all reflect the opinions of CIIC and its members. You may also visit the homepages of CIIC Member Organizations for additional information.
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
Preventing the Flu, operated by the AAFP, provides medical information written and reviewed by AAFP physicians and patient education professionals. The influenza page includes valuable information about influenza and influenza vaccines.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Childhood Immunization Support Program
AAP, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), created the Childhood Immunization Support Program to improve the nation's immunization delivery system by developing an infrastructure within AAP to support its members and provide education on immunization-related issues.

American Lung Association
Faces of Influenza
The American Lung Association’s Faces of Influenza initiative features portraits of famous and not so famous Americans who represent groups that are recommended to receive an annual influenza vaccination. Faces of Influenza includes compelling stories about individuals’ personal experiences with influenza.
Flu Clinic Locator
The American Lung Association’s Flu Clinic Locator allows visitors to enter their zip code to locate a flu clinic in their area. The Flu Clinic Locator re-launches each fall with the most up-to-date clinic information for the upcoming season.

American Nurses Association
Bringing Immunity to Every Community
The American Nurses Association, under a partnership arrangement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, developed a website as part of their program, Bringing Immunity to Every Community. This program aims to increase the knowledge and competency of the nation’s 3.1 million registered nurses in immunization; encourage nurses to be vaccinated; and position nurses as leading advocates for immunization among healthcare professionals, patients and the public. The site is designed as a gallery of nurse-specific resources, categorized by nursing specialties, settings, and roles in immunization.

American Public Health Association (APHA)
Influenza Preparedness
As part of its aim to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats such as influenza, APHA provides general information on all three categories of influenza: seasonal, pandemic and avian.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
Flu (Influenza)
The AAFA Web site includes general information about influenza, focusing on prevention methods for high-risk individuals, who include children and people with chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease and immune deficiency.
Flu Shot Finder
Because asthma patients are at high-risk for influenza, AAFA provides a Flu Shot Finder to help asthma patients and others find conveniently located influenza clinics simply by entering their zip codes.

California Immunization Coalition
The California Immunization Coalition is dedicated to achieving and maintaining full immunization protection for all Californians to promote health and prevent serious illness. The Coalition works to advocate change at the national, state and local levels and provides educational resources and technical assistance to health professionals throughout California. Resources include information specific to childhood, adolescent and adult immunizations and vaccine safety.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Influenza Web Site provides comprehensive government-wide information on seasonal, H1N1 (swine), H5N1 (bird) and pandemic influenza for the general public, health and emergency preparedness professionals, policy makers, government and business leaders, school systems, and local communities.
Seasonal Influenza Web Site
CDC provides comprehensive influenza information and resources for patients and professionals. The CDC influenza Web site contains links to related sites, such as pandemic, avian and swine influenza.
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Recommendations
ACIP updated its annual recommendations for the prevention and control of influenza in June, 2008. The recommendations state that all children from 6 months through 18 years of age should be vaccinated against influenza.
Instant Childhood Immunization Scheduler (children up to 6 years of age)
CDC’s Instant Childhood Immunization Scheduler uses a child’s date of birth to provide a complete list of recommended vaccines, including the dates they should be received. The scheduler includes links to helpful fact sheets on each recommended vaccine. Results can be printed and brought to the child’s next doctor visit and can serve as a long-term tracker.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)
CDC’s MMWR presents data on specific diseases as reported by U.S. state and territorial health departments. The MMWR “MGuide” for influenza links to the latest prevention and treatment guidelines for influenza vaccination.
National Immunization Survey (NIS)
Sponsored by the National Immunization Program (NIP) and conducted jointly by them and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the CDC, the NIS surveys children’s immunization providers via telephone and mail four times per year to monitor childhood immunization coverage.
Pink Book
CDC’s Pink Book provides comprehensive information on vaccine-preventable diseases, including information on the principles of vaccination, general recommendations on immunization, immunization strategies for healthcare practices and professionals, and vaccine safety. Chapter 16 of the Pink Book is specific to influenza.

Every Child By Two (ECBT)
Vaccinate Your Baby
ECBT’s Vaccinate Your Baby campaign was launched to urge parents to immunize their babies from vaccine-preventable disease and address misinformation about vaccines that causes confusion among parents and puts children at risk. The campaign’s website is a comprehensive resource for parents who want to get the facts about childhood immunization.
  • (for all childhood immunizations)
  • (for influenza-specific information)
Every Child By Two H1N1 Advice from the Experts
Watch Every Child By Two’s brief videos of experts discussing the safety of H1N1 vaccine. The two vaccine experts are Dr. Paul Offit and Dr. Mark Sawyer.

Families Fighting Flu, Inc.
Families Fighting Flu, Inc.
Families Fighting Flu aims to provide support to all families affected by childhood influenza-related deaths or who have had their lives altered by influenza. The Families Fighting Flu Web site includes a section that discusses influenza prevention strategies, a Guestbook for sharing personal stories and a variety of assorted resources for information about the disease.
Why Flu Vaccination Matters (Video)
The CDC and Families Fighting Flu video, “Why Flu Vaccination Matters: Personal Stories from Families Affected by Influenza,” features the personal stories of parents who have tragically lost or nearly lost a child to influenza.

Immunization Action Coalition
The Immunization Action Coalition works to increase immunization rates and prevent the spread of disease by creating and distributing educational materials for healthcare professionals and the public. features a vast library of influenza-specific resources.

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
Influenza Resources
NACCHO convened a meeting on July 14-15, 2008 where a broad range of stakeholders were assembled to identify coordinated next steps for implementing the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' universal influenza vaccination recommendations.

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)
NFID’s Web site offers healthcare professionals, the general public and media credible and accurate information about the causes, treatment and prevention of vaccine-preventable diseases. The Web site provides influenza-specific resources including fact sheets, backgrounders, PSAs and publications. Some influenza materials are specific to children with diabetes, healthcare workers, and the 50+ and pediatric populations.

National Influenza Vaccine Summit
The National Influenza Vaccine Summit is an action-oriented entity with more than 400 members who represent 100+ public and private organizations with an interest in addressing and resolving influenza and influenza vaccine issues. The Summit was started in 2000 and is co-sponsored by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the CDC.

National Network for Immunization Information (NNii)
NNii provides comprehensive resources on a variety of vaccines and the diseases they prevent. NNii is affiliated with several organizations committed to improving public health.

Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases (PKIDs)
Flu’s Gonna Lose
PKIDs’ annual Flu’s Gonna Lose campaign highlights four ways to stay healthy this year and offers many tools for organizations, clinics and PTAs/PTSAs to use when fighting the annual influenza battle.

United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Seasonal Flu Web Site
HHS is the U.S. government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The Department includes more than 300 programs and provides comprehensive information about diseases and conditions such as influenza.

Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
The Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia provides parents with complete, up-to-date and reliable information about vaccines. The Center’s goal is to dispel common misconceptions and misinformation about childhood vaccines, explain how and why vaccines work, address safety issues and reinforce why vaccines are still necessary.
CIIC is made possible by unrestricted educational grants to NFID from Novartis Vaccines and sanofi pasteur.
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