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January 7, 2010

National Influenza Vaccination Week Is Jan. 10 - 16

OSWEGO - National Influenza Vaccination Week will be observed from January 10-16, 2010.

If you've ever had influenza, or "the flu," you know it is far worse than the common cold. And while you lay in bed, exhausted, suffering from fever, body aches and terrible congestion for a week or so, you may not realize that you were one of the lucky ones. Each year, on average, 36,000 Americans die of complications from the flu, and more than 200,000 are hospitalized.

The usual flu season starts in October and sometimes lasts until April. This year we are faced with the ongoing threat of the 2009 H1N1 virus. Health experts are expecting another wave of the virus to hit in February. This is the perfect time to get vaccinated against seasonal and H1N1 flu.

Dr. Dennis Norfleet, Oswego County Director of Public Health urges, "While the timing of the flu season and its severity are unpredictable, flu is certain to be in your community; and the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from this serious respiratory disease is to get a flu vaccine."

During this year's National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dr. Norfleet urges people to take the time to get yourself and your family vaccinated.

"The Oswego County Health Department is periodically holding H1N1 and seasonal influenza immunization clinics for the public," said Dr. Norfleet. "Seasonal flu vaccine clinics will be held Jan. 14, 21, and 28. H1N1 vaccination clinics will be held as demand warrants throughout the flu season."

"Children, people ages 50 to 64 years, health care personnel, close contacts of immuno-compromised persons, pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, travelers, and the general population are all at risk for getting 'the flu' and passing it on to others," he added.

For more information on both seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccinations or to make an appointment, call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 315-349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547.

The vaccine is also available from many health care providers, community health centers, and now pharmacies. Check www.flu.gov to see if any vaccine clinics are scheduled at retail outlets in your area.

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