Friday, January 8, 2010
Push On For More Swine Flu Innoculations Next Week
The U.S. Health and Human Services Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will, next week, be pushing more Americans to get vaccinated for the swine flu.
“This is a challenging flu season for millions of Americans and their families, and it’s not over yet,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “The H1N1 vaccine is safe, effective and the best way to prevent the flu. We urge all Americans to protect themselves and their families by getting the H1N1 flu vaccine.”
From April 2009 until mid-November 2009, H1N1 flu infected approximately 47 million Americans and contributed to more than 200,000 hospitalizations and nearly 10,000 deaths. Public health officials say that the flu season is unpredictable and typically lasts until May.
“The window of opportunity to get the H1N1 vaccine is still open,” said Dr/ Thomas Frieden director of the CDC. “We do not know how many more cases of flu there will be in the coming weeks and months, but we do know that the H1N1 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself.”
Next week's push coincides with National Influenza Vaccination Week.