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Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments
For Release: _____, 2007
_____ County Health Department Schedules Flu Shot Clinics
The _____ County Health Department announced today its influenza vaccination clinic schedule for the upcoming flu season. Oklahoma’s flu season usually occurs from October through May. This year more than 330,000 doses of adult and child vaccine were ordered by the Oklahoma State Department of Health to be distributed to county health departments and public healthcare providers statewide. State health officials believe supplies of vaccine will be sufficient to meet this year’s demand for the flu shot.
For the week beginning _____, the _____ County Health Department will schedule clinics for those at highest risk of complications from influenza. Clinic days and times are as follows: (fill in days and times of flu clinics for the selected week to reach high risk persons).
Persons at high risk of complications from influenza who should receive their flu shot during the week of _____ include the following:
For all other persons not considered high risk but who wish to reduce their chances of getting influenza, the _____ County Health Department will offer flu shots on the following clinic dates and times: (fill in days and times of flu clinics for general public).
“We usually don’t see our first laboratory-confirmed case of influenza until late November or early December. We hope our _____ County residents will use every opportunity to get vaccinated throughout the fall and winter months,” said _____County Health Department Administrator _____.
“At the current time, we anticipate having enough flu vaccine this year,” _____ said. S/he emphasized that vaccine is also available through private healthcare providers.
FluMist, a nasal-spray flu vaccine, is always an option for healthy persons aged 2 to 49 years who are not pregnant. This vaccine will also be available at the _____ County Health Department (fill in availability for administering FluMist).
For more information about flu clinics, contact the _____ County Health Department at (phone number).
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