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Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments
National Influenza Vaccination Week Begins December 2nd

Date: _____
Contact: _____
Phone: _____

If you haven’t received your flu vaccination yet, the _____ County Health Department encourages you to get one next week during National Influenza Vaccination Week Dec. 2-8.

“National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) serves to remind all of us about the critical importance of receiving a flu shot every season,” said _____, administrative director for the _____ County Health Department.  “Many people are at risk from complications caused by the flu and that is why flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Flu can cause serious illness and even death, so it is better to be safe and protect yourself and loved ones by getting a flu vaccination.”

Flu shots are available at the _____ County Health Department for anyone who wants to be protected from influenza. While the flu can make anyone sick, certain people are at greater risk for serious complications from the flu. Those at high risk include people 50 years of age and older, young children, people with chronic lung disease (such as asthma and COPD), diabetes (type 1 and 2), heart disease, neurologic conditions, other long-term health conditions, and pregnant women.

It is especially important for health care workers to receive flu vaccine because they can easily give the flu to their patients before they know they are sick. Residents who live in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities are at high risk for complications and death from the flu, yet only 52 percent of health care workers in long-term care facilities received flu vaccine last year, according to a national survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There is a $25 fee for flu vaccinations at county health departments.   However, many people may qualify for a fee waiver such as senior citizens, including those who are on Medicare and do not belong to an HMO; people on SoonerCare; children who qualify for the Vaccines for Children program; and others who may be eligible based on income. In addition, persons enrolled in HealthChoice and the Oklahoma Public Employees Health and Welfare (OPEHW) insurance programs can present their insurance cards at county health departments and the fee for the vaccine will be billed back to HealthChoice and OPEHW.

If you have questions about whether you qualify for a fee waiver, contact the _____ County Health Department at (phone number).


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