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Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments

For Release: _____, 2007
Contact:
__________
_____ County Health Department
(Phone)

It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

If you meant to get a flu shot but the hustle and bustle of the holiday season interfered, it’s not too late to get one, says the _____ County Health Department.

“Getting a flu shot now can still provide substantial protection against influenza,” said _____ County Health Department Administrative Director _____.

“Thanks to the holidays, many people may have postponed or forgotten to get their flu shot, but there’s still time to follow through with getting your vaccination,” _____ said. “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.”

_____ confirmed that the _____ County Health Department still has a supply of flu vaccine on hand. Persons can get a shot by (describe clinic procedure for your county here.)

Although it 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. “You still have a window of opportunity to protect yourself from the flu by getting your flu shot now,” _____ said. “Unused vaccine is something we want to avoid; it does nothing to help those who need it most if it is not used.”

_____ noted that the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s influenza-reporting network is charting an increase in persons with flu-like symptoms throughout the state. Typically, influenza season in Oklahoma lingers into March and April, however, in 2006, flu was still reported in the state in May. About 400 to 500 Oklahomans die each year from complications of the flu.

“The single best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get vaccinated. Flu vaccines are safe, effective and cannot cause the flu,” _____ emphasized.

For more information, contact the _____ County Health Department at (phone number).

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