Each year, almost 3,500 Canadians die from the flu and another 12,000 are hospitalized. The majority of those who die are unvaccinated.
That’s why one mother is doing all she can to see those numbers decrease. Jill Promoli’s two-year-old son, Jude, died from the flu two years ago and, since then, she’s been campaigning and encouraging people to get the flu shot.
In May 2016, Jude had a low-grade fever in the morning. Jill’s older daughter, Isla, had been sick earlier in the week and Jude’s twin brother, Thomas, had vomited once the day before. Though Jill was concerned Jude may be coming down with the same illness as his siblings, he appeared to be fine after she gave him a Tylenol to treat his fever. Later that day, Jill put the twins down for a nap and when she went to wake them up, Jude was unresponsive and not breathing. An hour later, he was pronounced dead.
Jill was shocked when she learned that Jude had died from Influenza B, the same strain he and his siblings were vaccinated for in December. Though Jill did everything she could to keep her children healthy, Jude was part of the percentage of people that the vaccinations weren’t effective for.
After Jude’s death, Jill launched the campaign For Jude For Everyone hoping her story would reach as many people as possible and encourage families to get their flu shots. While getting the vaccination didn’t save Jude, Jill believes if more people around him were vaccinated, he might still be alive today.
Thanks to Jill’s campaign, Canada now has a Flu Prevention Week. For Jude For Everyone has also grown significantly since it’s launch two years ago.
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