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Governor Perdue Urges North Carolinians To Be Vaccinated

Release Date: January 12, 2010
Contact: Julie Henry, (919) 707-5053

RALEIGH – Governor Bev Perdue is calling for all North Carolinians to protect themselves against H1N1 flu by getting vaccinated as part of Influenza Immunization Awareness Week, January 10-16. 

North Carolina was one of the first states in the country to make vaccine available to all ages in early December.  Local health departments across the state are working with private providers and retail pharmacies to make vaccinations easily accessible; in many areas, health departments are holding free clinics in community centers, schools and businesses.

“I encourage our business community to partner with local health departments to get our workforce immunized,” said Gov. Perdue.  “This will not only protect our workers from illness, but keep folks on the job this winter.”

Despite a decrease in flu cases in recent weeks, state and national health officials anticipate the number of cases to increase in February, consistent with the traditional peak of flu season.

“Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent flu,” State Health Director Jeff Engel said.  “Now is the time to be vaccinated to ensure that you are protected against the flu this winter.”

Since its arrival in April, the H1N1 flu already has claimed 81 lives in North Carolina.   Despite a decrease in flu cases in recent weeks, the death toll continues to rise and hospitals across the state are still admitting patients suffering with serious complications from flu.




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