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For Release: Nov. 14, 2008
Contact: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Flu Vaccine Offered at State Capitol

Three state health groups are joining together to offer free flu vaccinations on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the state capitol for legislators and their staff as well as employees from state agencies in the capitol complex and the general public visiting the capitol.

The Oklahoma State Medical Association, Oklahoma Pharmacists Association and the Oklahoma State Department of Health will be providing flu vaccinations from 10 am to 2 pm in Room 512 at the state capitol.

“Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu,” said Ken King, executive director of the Oklahoma State Medical Association. “One shot will provide all the protection you need and you will be protecting your family, friends and coworkers from getting the flu from you.”

Each year around 60 million Americans get the flu, resulting in about 36,000 deaths and more than 200,000 hospitalizations. Influenza can have a significant impact on individual health, healthcare costs, school absenteeism, and missed days on the job.

“We hope this partnership effort will encourage staff and visitors to the capitol to get a flu vaccination on Nov. 18,” King said.

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