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Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments

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

_____ 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:

  • Persons aged 50 years and older, with and without chronic health conditions
  • Residents of long-term care facilities
  • Persons 2 to 49 years of age with chronic health conditions
  • Children aged 6 months to 23 months
  • Pregnant women
  • Health-care personnel who provide direct patient care
  • Household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children 6 months or younger

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).
Persons 65 and older and those with chronic health conditions should ask their doctor if they should be vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia, which is a common and potentially serious complication of the flu. Unlike the influenza vaccine, the pneumococcal vaccine does not need to be given every year. This vaccine is available at physicians’ offices and the _____ County Health Department.

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

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