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For Release:  Jan. 12, 2010
Contact: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications 
405) 271-5601

Continued Flu Vaccination Urged
National Influenza Vaccination Week Jan. 10-16, 2010

As Oklahoma prepares to enter what has traditionally been the peak time for influenza in the state – late January and early February – the Oklahoma State Department of Health advises Oklahomans who have not yet been vaccinated to protect themselves and help prevent the flu from spreading to others by getting the H1N1 and seasonal influenza vaccinations.

Since Sept. 1, 2009, 1,045 persons have been hospitalized with influenza in Oklahoma and 40 persons have died from its complications.

Flu experts note that while influenza is unpredictable, flu activity caused by the 2009 H1N1 flu virus or regular seasonal flu viruses is expected to continue for several months. State health officials say this week, National Influenza Vaccination Week, is an opportunity for unvaccinated Oklahomans to get their H1N1 and seasonal flu shots, which provide the best defense against the flu.

While more than a half million doses of H1N1 flu vaccine have been administered in Oklahoma, the vaccine is still readily available from local county health departments and other health care providers as well as some retail pharmacies. Seasonal vaccine is also available in some areas.

In addition, parents of children under 10 years of age who may have already had one dose of H1N1 flu vaccine are reminded of the need for a booster dose. Two doses of flu vaccine are necessary to provide an adequate immune response in younger children.

To find a flu vaccination clinic near you, call your local county health department or visit www.health.ok.gov.

 

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