INDIANAPOLIS-As part of National Influenza Vaccination Week (Jan. 10-16), Indiana State Health Commissioner Judy Monroe, M.D., will be joining the Vigo County Department Health Officer Enrico Garcia, M.D., to promote the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine, focusing on children, pregnant women, and caregivers of infants less than six months old.
"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 children, pregnant women, and caregivers of infants less than six months," said Dr. Monroe. "Unfortunately, these groups are more at-risk for severe disease from H1N1, so we strongly encourage them to get vaccinated."
Following are the details of the media event:
WHEN: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 1 p.m.
WHERE: Vigo County Government Annex Building
South 1st and Oak Street
Terre Haute, Indiana
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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