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County Fill-in-Blank News Release
Update on H1N1 Vaccine Availability

Date: _____
Contact: _____, Administrative Director
_____ County Health Department
Phone: _____

As the annual fall flu vaccination season nears, the _____ County Health Department notes that it has received several calls from the public about the availability of the new H1N1 flu vaccine.

“Our expectation is that we will begin to see some of the new flu vaccine delivered to Oklahoma in mid-October,” said _____ County Health Department Administrative Director _____. “At this point we are uncertain how many doses will actually be distributed in the state, or how much of the new vaccine will be available in _____ County.”

If early shipments provide limited doses, health officials will be implementing a plan to provide the vaccine first to those key populations that are most impacted by the new H1N1 virus, including the following:
• Pregnant women
• Health care workers and emergency medical responders
• People caring for infants less than 6 months of age
• Children and young adults from 6 months to 24 years of age
• Persons aged 25 to 64 who have underlying medical conditions

“In the meantime, _____ County citizens should still get their annual seasonal flu shot,” _____ said. “This shot is different from the H1N1 vaccine and will protect against this year’s seasonal influenza virus strains. The shot will be available for anyone who wants to be protected against seasonal flu. It is also available for children 6 months and older.”

_____ said seasonal flu vaccine should be available at the _____ County Health Department by mid-to-late September.

To help prevent the flu, follow these flu prevention recommendations:
• Cover your cough.
• Wash your hands frequently.
• If you have a fever, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever has ended without the use of fever-lowering medications.
• Get a vaccine when it becomes available.

For more information, call the _____ County Health Department at (phone number) or visit this Web site: http://h1n1.health.ok.gov.

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