From the CFIDS Association of America:
The CFS public awareness campaign press conference was held Friday, November 3 in Washington, DC. Click here to view video highlights!
Coverage began last night (November 2) with an NBC Nightly News story about the campaign and CFS! See it here.
The November 13 issue of People magazine (on newsstands November 3) includes the full-page ad about CFS!
The first national public awareness campaign on chronic fatigue syndrome is designed to educate the American public and health care professionals about who is at risk for CFS, the symptoms of the illness, treatment and management options, the importance of seeking diagnosis and treatment, and the impact of the illness on both patients and family members.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are committed to improving awareness about chronic fatigue syndrome and provide up-to-date educational resources on the illness. CFS is a public health concern because:
- CFS affects more than 1 million Americans.
- Less than 20% of Americans with CFS have been diagnosed.
- CFS can be as debilitating as multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and similar chronic conditions.
- The annual economic impact of CFS in the United States is $9.1 billion in lost wages and earnings alone, not including health care costs or disability benefits.
It’s important for people to recognize the symptoms of CFS and, if you or a loved one has those symptoms… Get informed. Get diagnosed. Get help.
Wow. We've been noticed.