Many adults aren’t aware of protective measures in place to fight influenza, Families Fighting Flu found in a recent survey.
The health awareness organization is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that includes families whose children have suffered serious medical complications or died from the flu.
The survey found that 44 percent of U.S. adults believe that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends hand washing as the No. 1 way to protect against the flu, when the real top recommendation is to get an annual flu vaccination.
The survey did find that 71 percent of Americans believe that the flu is a significant health threat, but 56 percent of the participants incorrectly believe that fewer than 50 children die annually from the flu.
"Through this survey, we were disappointed to learn that many American adults still do not understand that influenza is a serious infectious disease and preventative measures are critical," Laura Scott, executive director of Families Fighting Flu, said. "Our organization is committed to educating about the seriousness of influenza and the importance of annual influenza vaccination. We share the personal stories of our advocates, many of whom had otherwise healthy children experience the devastating effects of this horrible disease. The best way we can help protect ourselves, our loved ones and those around us is by getting vaccinated."