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National Influenza Vaccination Week Kicks Off Today

Public Date: 1/11/2010 12:00 AM
Contact: Kathy Forzley, Manager/Health Officer Oakland County Health Division
Phone Number: 248-858-1410

​Oakland County, MI, -- January 11 through January 15, 2010 is National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), a national observance promoting the importance of influenza vaccination after the holiday season into January and beyond.

2009 H1N1 flu shots are now available to the general public. We encourage everyone to visit one of Oakland County Health Division's three offices to receive a free 2009 H1N1 flu shot:

North Oakland Health Center
1200 N Telegraph Rd, Bldg. 34E, Pontiac

South Oakland Health Center
27725 Greenfield Rd, Southfield

West Oakland Health Center
1010 East West Maple, Walled Lake
Office hours are Monday 12:00pm - 8:00pm and Tuesday-Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

The spread of 2009 H1N1 influenza is likely to continue into 2010. NIVW is an opportunity to promote 2009 H1N1 flu vaccination at a time when demand for vaccine usually drops significantly. While influenza is unpredictable, and we do not know the likelihood of a future wave of H1N1 influenza, we do know that if more people are vaccinated, the disease is less likely to spread in coming months.

"Between April and mid-November, nationally, there were approximately 47 million cases of 2009 H1N1 flu, more than 200,000 hospitalizations and nearly 10,000 deaths," stated Kathy Forzley, Manager/Health Officer for Oakland County Health Division. "Although there has been a decline in reported H1N1 activity in recent weeks, we are preparing now for a possible third wave of H1N1."

The number of people who get vaccinated against influenza like illness typically drops after November. More than 118 million doses of the HIN1 flu vaccine have been made available, but many remain unvaccinated.  National Influenza Vaccination Week is a reminder that now is a time to act. Be sure you and your loved ones get vaccinated.

H1N1 flu shots are available to individuals age 6 months or older. Nasal and injectable vaccine will be available at all Health Division clinic locations.

Pre-enrollment is required to receive a 2009 H1N1 shot. Clients can pre-enroll at www.oakgov.com/health anytime or 248-858-1200, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. For more information please call the Oakland County Health Division Nurse-on-Call at 248-858-1406.