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Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments
For Release: _____, 2007
Flu Outbreak Spurs Renewed Push for Flu Shots
An influenza outbreak centered in Craig and Ottawa counties emphasizes the need for area residents to obtain flu shots, says the _____ County Health Department.
State officials have been in Craig and Ottawa counties to evaluate the severity of the flu outbreak. Additional vaccine has been shipped to counties in northeastern Oklahoma to support the push to vaccinate as many residents as possible.
“People who don’t get a flu shot are taking two significant risks: they place themselves at risk for getting the flu, and they place others, especially babies, young children and the elderly, at risk of catching the flu from them,” _____ said.
_____ confirmed that the _____ County Health Department has an adequate supply of flu vaccine on hand. Persons can get a shot by (describe clinic procedure for your county here.)
Although it normally takes about 10 to 14 days to reach full immunity from influenza after getting a flu shot, some immunity does begin shortly after getting the vaccination. A nasal flu vaccine called FluMistŪ, can provide more rapid immunity – within three to four days – and may also be available at clinic sites for persons between 5 and 49 years old.
The single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated, but the _____ County Health Department also advises practicing “those things Mom always told you,” to decrease the spread of respiratory viruses, including washing hands frequently, covering your cough, and avoiding touching the face, as well as these recommendations:
Because the use of aspirin for children with influenza has been associated with Reye syndrome, health officials caution that aspirin should not be given to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms, particularly fever. Use instead medications such as acetaminophen to relieve fever and muscle aches associated with flu.
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