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For Release:  January 21, 2010                                                                   
Contact:  Pamela Williams                        
Office of Communications                        
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Oklahoma Leads Region in H1N1 Vaccinations

More Oklahomans have received the H1N1 flu vaccine than any other state in a five- state region, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“While these numbers highlight our successes in Oklahoma, we would still like to do better,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Kristy Bradley.  “We have consistently said that the best way to prevent the flu is to get immunized.  That continues to be the case and all Oklahomans are encouraged to get an H1N1 shot now that it is widely available.”

According to a survey conducted by the CDC, Oklahoma leads its region with 12.9 percent vaccinated for H1N1 compared to a regional average of 8.6 percent. 

H1N1 influenza continues to be the dominant flu in Oklahoma and health officials continue to recommend both the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccine.  Since Sept. 1, 2009, 1,067 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to complications from influenza and 40 persons have died. Oklahomans seeking the H1N1 vaccine are encouraged to check with their physician’s office, county health department or other influenza vaccination providers.  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.

For more information about the availability of H1N1 influenza vaccine in your area, call your local county health department or visit www.health.ok.gov

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