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FOR RELEASE: April 4, 2003
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Media Advisory for National Infant Immunization Week

Interviews and Photo Opportunities with Assistant U.S. Surgeon General
Mark Your Calendars for Scheduled Appearances…

What: National Infant Immunization Week: April 13-19, 2003
The Oklahoma theme is “I’m Prized. I’m Immunized.”

Who: Assistant U.S. Surgeon General Walt Orenstein, M.D., Director, National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will be in Oklahoma Monday, April 14, and Tuesday, April 15, to tour key immunization program activities. Oklahoma’s state Immunization Program is one of only two programs selected by CDC to receive national attention during National Infant Immunization Week. Dr. Orenstein will visit sites in Oklahoma City, Talihina, Poteau, and Tulsa.

Background: National Infant Immunization Week April 13-19, 2003, activities will focus on the need to improve childhood immunization rates. Key messages for Oklahoma include: (1) hepatitis B birth dose - to increase the number of hospitals in Oklahoma administering the hepatitis B birth dose shot; 2) to increase the number of standing doctor’s orders in hospitals to give the hepatitis B vaccine birth dose; and, 3) to increase the number of infants receiving their 4th dose of DtaP by their second birthday.

Where/When: Media are invited to the following activities:

Monday, April 14, Oklahoma City

9:30 a.m. - Britton Elementary School, 1215 NW 95th; featuring children’s assembly and awards ceremony for immunization achievements.

12:00 p.m. - Grand Rounds at OU College of Public Health, 801 NE 13th in Room 150; presentation for health care professionals and students on “Successes, Promises and Challenges.”

1:45 p.m. - MEDIA KICK-OFF - St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Child Development Center, 222 NW 15th; children’s program and short presentation to parents and day care staff about immunizations.

7:00 p.m. - Coles Garden, 1415 NE 63rd St., Oklahoma Immunization “Immy” Awards Dinner; presentation for physicians, nurses, child care centers, and immunization coalition members. (Media and invited guests only; not open to the general public.)

Tuesday, April 15, Talihina, Poteau and Tulsa

9:30 a.m. - Talihina, Choctaw Nation Health Care Center, One Choctaw Way; presentation about the need for more hospitals to give the birth dose of hepatitis B immunization and have standing doctor’s orders on file.

12:30 p.m. - Poteau, Carl Albert State College, 1507 South McKenna; presentation on infant immunizations, especially the hepatitis B birth dose and vaccine safety.

3:00 p.m. - Tulsa, East Regional Health Center, 5051 South 129th East Avenue; presentation and staff discussion on the importance of children being up-to-date on their vaccinations by age 2.

6:00 p.m. - Tulsa, Renaissance Hotel, 6808 South 107th East Avenue; dinner program with pediatricians, family practice physicians, Rotary Club members and community partners to promote infant immunizations.

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