For immediate release: Jan 13, 2010
Posted by: [Flu]
Contact: Kristen Garcia
Phone: 317-416-8904
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National Influenza Vaccination Week Efforts Continue

INDIANAPOLIS-As part of National Influenza Vaccination Week (Jan. 10-16), Indiana State Health Commissioner Judy Monroe, M.D., will be visiting the Gary City and East Chicago Health Departments to promote the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine, focusing on seniors.

"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 seniors," said Dr. Monroe.  "This influenza virus is behaving much like the 1957-1958 Asian flu pandemic, where we saw a wave of illness in the fall when children returned to school and then by December the worst seemed to be over.

But we need to remember influenza is unpredictable.  It is possible for it to infect one group of people first, appear to decrease and then infections increase in a different part of the population. This is why it's especially important now for seniors to get vaccinated."

Following are the details of the media event with Dr. Monroe, Gary City Health Officer Dr. Ricardo Hood, East Chicago Health Officer Dr. Paula Benchik, and East Chicago Health Department Administrator Diana Garcia-Burns:

WHEN:       Friday, January 14, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CENTRAL

WHERE:    East Chicago Health Department

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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