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National Influenza Vaccination Week

Date: _________________
Contact: ______________

Know What to Do to Fight the Flu

The week of Jan. 10-16, 2010, marks the annual observance of National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW).  This flu season has presented Oklahomans with a unique challenge to fight a new type of influenza -- the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus (- - as well as the seasonal flu).  

The H1N1 flu is a serious disease.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between mid-April and Nov. 14, 2009, 47 million people in the United States were infected with the 2009 H1N1 flu, more than 200,000 people were hospitalized, and over 9,800 people died. In Oklahoma, 1,045 persons have been hospitalized with influenza since Sept. 1, 2009, and 40 persons have died from complications of influenza.

“Influenza is unpredictable and we do not know the likelihood of a future wave of H1N1 (or seasonal) flu, but we do know that vaccination is the most important step in protecting against influenza,” said _____ County Health Department Administrative Director _____.

“_____ County residents who have not yet been vaccinated have a window of opportunity to protect themselves and their loved ones from H1N1 (and seasonal flu) by getting vaccinated now.”

“We are also reminding parents of children under 10 years of age that two doses are needed to provide an adequate immune response,” said ____.  “Many children in our area still need the booster dose.”

_____ said the _____ County Health Department still has (both) H1N1 (and seasonal) vaccine. Flu vaccine may also be available from other health care providers in the community as well as some retail pharmacies.

“Protect yourself, your family and your community by getting vaccinated. Visit www.health.ok.gov  to find the closest vaccination clinic, or call us at the _____ County Health Department, phone _____,” said _____. “Together we can fight the flu.”

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