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Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments

For Release: _____, 2007
Contact: __________
_____ County Health Department

Flu Now Widespread -- But Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot

The _____ County Health Department is reporting that the state’s influenza activity level as measured by sentinel physician reporting and laboratory testing in Oklahoma has been upgraded to “widespread,” the highest category possible.

“_____ County is seeing its share of influenza-like symptoms,” said _____, administrative director for the _____ County Health Department. “Because there is increased spread of influenza occurring in our communities, we want to remind everyone who has not received their flu shot that it is not too late to get vaccinated.

There is still plenty of vaccine available at the _____ County Health Department.”
Flu shots protect against three different strains of influenza virus, so even persons who have had a respiratory illness this winter could still benefit from getting a flu shot, _____ said.

Flu season in Oklahoma does not usually reach its peak until February and sometimes even later. Vaccination remains the best defense against influenza and its potentially secondary complications. Other important prevention measures include covering your cough, avoid touching your eyes and mouth with your hands, staying home when sick, and of course, washing hands frequently.

For more information on getting a flu shot, contact your physician or the _____ County Health Department at (phone number). For more information about influenza, visit: http://www.health.state.ok.us/program/cdd/flu/index.html.

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