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Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments
For Release: _____, 2003
Flu Shot Clinics Target High Risk Persons
The _____ County Health Department announced today that it will be conducting flu clinics beginning in (month) at various locations. This year, _____ County Health Department is scheduled to receive only 70 percent of state-funded orders for 2003 to conduct this year’s flu vaccination services.
“The primary reason for reduced supply of state-funded orders of vaccines is due to increased costs of the vaccine. Costs increased from $2.65 to the range of $6.77-$8.76 per dose for this 2003-2004 flu season,” said _____ County Health Department Administrative Director _____.
Persons at highest risk for flu or pneumonia will be encouraged to be vaccinated first this year, followed by persons at lower risk, according to _____. Persons at high risk for flu complications include the following:
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) also recommends the vaccination of persons aged 50 to 64. However, due to limited supply of vaccine, the health department recommends these persons not be vaccinated until November with the general population, as supplies are available.
The flu clinic schedule for the _____ County Health Department is:
Also, health officials recommend that persons 65 and older and those with chronic health conditions check their records for pneumococcal vaccination to reduce the risk of pneumonia resulting from influenza or other respiratory illnesses. This vaccine is available at physicians’ offices and the _____ County Health Department.
For more information about flu shots and clinics scheduled in your area, call the health department at (phone number).
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