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FOR RELEASE: October 20, 2004
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Media Advisory
Influenza Task Force Meeting Scheduled Thursday

NOTE TO MEDIA: Those media planning to attend this meeting must contact Dennis Gimmel at OU MEDICAL CENTER, 271-7900, ext. 3, or pager number 647-3390, for directions and parking information.

What: Oklahoma Influenza Task Force Meeting
When: Thursday, Oct. 21, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Children’s Hospital at OU MEDICAL CENTER
Fifth Floor of Nicholson Tower
Fifth Floor Lounge (Room 5508)
Featuring:

Dr. Michael Crutcher
State Commissioner of Health
Oklahoma State Department of Health

Dr. Don Wilber
Chair, Oklahoma State Immunization Advisory Committee

Background: Oklahoma’s state and local public health officials are working with private health care providers to make certain the limited amount of influenza vaccine currently available in Oklahoma, or yet to be shipped to the state, will be distributed as equitably as possible to those who need it most. This task force has been convened to look at the current and anticipated supply of influenza vaccine, plans for vaccine distribution, education needs for the public as well as health care workers, and the use of anti-viral medications.

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