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2004 News Releases
Note: Following is an index of OSDH News Releases in 2004.  Unlinked titles mean that the release has not made the conversion from the old OSDH site yet.  Please bear with us as we complete this migration process.  If you are needing a particular release from the list below, please e-mail webmaster@health.ok.gov with the news release title and we will e-mail it to you.  Thanks for your continued patience and support!

December
Influenza Confirmed in Oklahoma
Fill-In-The-Blank News Release: _____ County Health Department Relaxes Flu Shot Restrictions
Oklahoma Relaxes Flu Shot Restrictions
Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business Awards Announced Today
Hand Washing Can Help Prevent Many Diseases

November
Time Running Out for High Risk to Get Flu Shot Protection
State Health Officials Thankful for Influenza Vaccine
More Influenza Vaccine Distributed in Oklahoma This Week
Prevent Foodborne Illness This Holiday Season
Faith-Based Health, Wellness and Technology Partnership to Launch
Fight Against Diabetes and Heart Disease Linked
Celebrate Oklahoma’s Family Week, November 21-27
Adult Influenza Vaccine and Vaccine For Children Now Available in Oklahoma

October
Probable Origin of Rheumatoid Arthritis in USA Topic for Nov. 3 Oklahoma Arthritis Network Meeting
Gov. Henry Signs Executive Proclamation On Flu Vaccine
State Health Officials Announce Flu Shot Plan for High Risk Children
Media Advisory: Influenza Task Force Meeting Scheduled Thursday
State Health Officials Issue Flu Prevention Guidelines for Employees at the Workplace and Health Care Providers
Premarital Blood Tests for Syphilis No Longer Required
State and Local Public Health Officials Continue to Address Influenza Vaccine Shortage
Oklahoma State Department of Health Honored for Outstanding Initiative
State Health Officials Looking for Good Samaritans to Donate Influenza Vaccine
State Public Health Officials Look to the Private Sector for
Influenza Vaccine Donation

Women Over Age 40 Should Get Breast Exam and Mammogram
Health Officials Urge Use of Basic Hygiene and Other Precautions to Help Prevent the Spread of Influenza
Prevent Skin Infections through Good Hand Hygiene and Proper Wound Care
High Risk Persons Are Encouraged To Get Their Influenza Vaccine First
Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments: Flu Vaccine Shortage Prompts Exercise Cancellation

September
State of the State’s Health Interim Report Released Today: Healthy Transitions for Oklahoma’s Youth
Public Health Teams Return from Florida Deployment
Women Warned to Recognize Signs and Symptoms
of Ovarian Cancer

Early Detection of Prostate Cancer Saves Lives
State Health Deploys Teams to Florida Panhandle for Relief Efforts
Health Departments Identify Cause of Rash as Mite Bites
Parents Set the Example, Eat Healthy, Eat 5 A Day
One of Three Oklahomans has High Cholesterol
State Board of Health Meets Thursday
Knowing the Warning Signs Can Prevent Suicides: Call for help: 1-800-522 TEEN (8336); 1-800-SUICIDE
Oklahoma Observes First Smokefree Year – But Many Still Unprotected from Secondhand Smoke

August
Oklahoma Reports First Cases of Mosquito-borne Diseases in 2004
New Breast and Cervical Screening Site Opens in Oklahoma City
Nutrition and Arthritis is the Topic for the Sept. 2 Arthritis Network Meeting
Plans Underway for Health Care Interpreters Certification Program
Back to School Push for Birth Certificates
Lifesaving Program Gives Away More Than 200 Defibrillators Today

July
State Health Department Initiates Emergency Action in Two Facilities
Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments:County Health Department Reminds Public to Be “ON WATCH” for West Nile Virus
Arthritis - An Increasing Public Health Problem
“Immunize for Healthy Lives” Back-to-School Immunization Drive

June
Health Officials Work with Child Care Centers to Improve Vaccination Compliance
Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments: County Health Departments Promote “Immunize for Healthy Lives” Back-to-School Immunization Drive Starts This Month
Knowing the Warning Signs Can Prevent Teen Suicides. Call for help: 1-800-522 TEEN (8336)
Father’s Day Tips for Dads to Support Breastfeeding Moms
Oklahoma State Board of Health Elects New Officers
State Board of Health Meets Thursday
Comments on WIC State Plan Requested
Moving to Prevent and Control High Blood Pressure (Part 4 - End of Series)

May
For Every Smoking Death, 20 More Suffer Serious Illness from Smoking
First Avian Case of West Nile Virus in 2004 Confirmed in Oklahoma
Summer Tick-borne Disease Prevention Tips
Know Your High Blood Pressure Numbers in May, May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month (Part 3 in a Series)
Public Health Campaign Gives Bullying Prevention Tips
Oklahoma’s Teen Birth Rate Decreasing, But Remains Higher Than National Rate
May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Sticking to Your Treatment Plan Can Save Your Life, May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month (Part 2 in a Series)Eating High Blood Pressure Away, As many as one in three adult Oklahomans is affected
EMS Workers are There When You Need Us, National Emergency Medical Services Week is May 16-22
Student Wins "Youth Advocate of the Year" National Honor
Man-to-Man Workshops Train Colleges to Prevent Sexual Assault
Celebrate Women’s Health Week With a Prescription for Health, Women’s Health Week, May 9 - 15
Oklahoma’s Cancer Registry Receives National Gold Standard Certification
Speakers to Highlight Arthritis Awareness Month Activities During May
West Nile Virus Surveillance for 2004 Launched Today
Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments: County Health Department Launches West Nile Virus Surveillance

April
Nurses: Your Voice, Your Health, Your Life, Celebrate National Nurses Week, May 6 -12
State Health Department Issues ALERT on Secondhand Smoke
Speakers to Hightlight Arthritis Awareness Month Activities During May
“OK By One” Oklahoma Immunization Campaign Announced
Minority Cancer Awareness Week to Focus on Prevention
Playground Safety Tips Help Prevent Injuries to Children
Celebrate: Week of the Young Child, April 18-24

“Physical Activity: The Arthritis Pain Reliever” Campaign Begins May is National Arthritis Month
Family Road Safety: Protect the Ones You Love, World Health Day is April 7

March
Colorectal Cancer Screening Saves Lives - Screen For Life
Walk This Weigh Gains Support for Community Healthy Living
National Public Health Week April 5-11

Infant Mental Health Conference to be held April 1
Eighth Annual State of the State’s Health Report Released Today
A Lifetime of Prevention Urged for Oklahomans

Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments: Celebrate National Nurses Week, May 6 –12, 2004
Tuberculosis Becoming an Urban Problem in Oklahoma
Media Advisory: Eighth Annual State of the State’s Health Report To Be Unveiled Friday
Legionellosis Outbreak Confirmed
Area Nutritionist Wins Award
State Income Tax Check Off Can Support Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation
State Board of Health Meets Thursday
Oklahoma “Babies Can’t Wait” Conference to be held April 1
Keep Diets Smart and Stay Healthy March is National Nutrition Month®
Toolkits Offer Resources to Help Handle Diabetes in Schools

February
Report Reveals Alarming Prevalence of Tooth Decay Among Oklahoma’s Children
Kids Get Fit With WIC Comes to Southwest Oklahoma
Public Input Sought for Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant
Media Advisory: News Conference on Oral Health Needs of Oklahoma’s Children
Farming and Arthritis Topic at March Arthritis Network Meeting
Mom’s Milk is the Best Nutrition for Human Babies
Oklahoma State Board of Health Passes Three Resolutions on Important Health Care Issues
The Heart Truth -- Heart Disease is the Leading Killer of Women
February is American Heart Month

New Report Highlights Injuries in Oklahoma
Automated Defibrillator Program Announced for Rural Oklahoma
Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments: FluMist Now Available at _______ County Health Department
State Board of Health Meets Thursday
Media Advisory: News Conference on Injuries in Oklahoma Scheduled Feb. 10
14 Ways To Show Your Child Love On Valentine’s Day
February 6 is National Wear Red Day for Women
Black HIV/AIDS Awareness and Information Day is February 7

January
Smile...February is National Children’s Dental Health Month
Burn Awareness Week, February 1-7, Safety Tips
Media Advisory: Task Force on Hospital Emergency Services and Trauma Care
News Conference Scheduled Wednesday on Proposed Increase in State Cigarette Tax
Check the Nutrition Value of Your Diet with Your Doctor First, Healthy Weight Week is January 18-24
State Board of Health to Meet Thursday
Health Officials Encourage Women to Test for Cervical Cancer

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