Exclusive Interview With Kristi Yamaguchi: The Olympic Gold Medalist Leads The Fight Against The Flu

Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi is leading the fight against the flu by supporting the “Faces of Influenza” campaign for six years now.

Yamaguchi, who is a busy mom, fitness enthusiast, and New York Times best-selling author, is working one person at a time to hopefully entice the world to get a flu vaccination.

Her involvement with the campaign began six years ago when she felt it was “a natural fit for what she believed in.”

According to the CDC, the centers for disease control and prevention, everyone over the age of 6 months has the ability to start getting vaccinated.

This year, Yamaguchi has the pleasure of working with her mother, Carole, on the campaign as well. When asked how this involvement came about, Kristi felt it could be “a family affair.” Her belief is, “if you’re around my kids, whether you’re their grandmother or aunt or uncle, I’d want them to be vaccinated.”

Yamaguchi makes sure her daughters, Keara Kiyomi, 8, and Emma Yoshiko, 6, are vaccinated regularly as well, but urges to check with your pediatrician before electing the vaccination.

As far as her career is concerned, Yamaguchi will always be known as a Gold Medalist from the 1992 Winter Olympics. Her medal, which “changed her life,” was beyond her “childhood dream” to just go to the Olympics.

She later went on to win the sixth season of Dancing With the Stars in 2008 with partner Mark Ballas. As far as the new season is concerned and who she may want to win, she is keeping her eye on Ballas and his partner Kristin Cavallari.

Yamaguchi is also coming out with a second children’s book, a sort of sequel to her first best-seller “Dream Big, Little Pig,” in March 2012.

How do you feel about flu vaccinations? Are you an avid believer in the movement?

Learn more about influenza and the importance of annual vaccination, by visiting www.facesofinfluenza.org.

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