For immediate release: Jan 11, 2010
Posted by: [Flu]
Contact: Kristen Garcia
Phone: (317) 416-8904

National Influenza Vaccination Week Efforts Continue

Media Advisory

INDIANAPOLIS-As part of National Influenza Vaccination Week (Jan. 10-16), Indiana State Health Commissioner Judy Monroe, M.D. will be joining the Elkhart County Health Officer Dan Nafziger, M.D. to promote the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine, focusing on minorities and the chronically ill.

"Flu season is definitely not over and it's not too late to get the H1N1 flu vaccine," said State Health Commissioner Judy Monroe, M.D.  "Vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu.  There is currently ample supply of the H1N1 flu vaccine, so we are no longer just targeting those individuals at the very highest risk. 

"Everyone is a priority, but especially individuals with chronic conditions," said Dr. Monroe.  "Unfortunately, our minority populations have higher incidences of many chronic diseases, like asthma and diabetes, so we want to do what we can to encourage Hispanics/Latinos, African Americans, and other minorities to get vaccinated."

Following are the details of the media event:

WHEN:            Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 4 p.m.

 WHERE:        Elkhart County Health Department's Neff Center

            608 Oakland Ave., Elkhart, IN 

Members of the general public who are interested in getting the H1N1 flu vaccine can use the Flu Shot Locator at www.in.gov/flu to find a location near them that is providing the H1N1 flu vaccine.   Local health departments will continue to provide the H1N1 flu vaccine for free.  Pharmacies can charge a fee of up to $19.59 to administer the H1N1 flu vaccine.

National Influenza Vaccination Week is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as foster greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January and beyond.   For more information, including public service announcements, visit: www.cdc.gov/Features/FluPrevention

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