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Governor Perdue Urges Every North Carolinian To Get A Flu Vaccination

Release Date: October 4, 2010
Contact: Julie Henry,  919-707-5053

RALEIGH – Gov. Bev Perdue joined State Health Director Jeff Engel on Monday in urging all North Carolinians to be vaccinated against flu. They led by example, getting their own flu immunizations at a Department of Health and Human Services state employee flu clinic in Raleigh. (Download photo.)

“Getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself against the flu,” Perdue said. “As the state’s largest employer, North Carolina state government is doing its part to prevent the flu by hosting more than 650 flu clinics like this one around the state. I encourage other employers to do the same.”

This year’s seasonal flu vaccine, available in injectable and nasal spray formulas, is available at pharmacies, doctors’ offices and local health departments across the state. The vaccine includes protection against the H1N1 strain of the virus as well as two other anticipated flu strains. For most people, that means only one flu immunization is necessary. As usual, children under 9 years of age who haven’t been vaccinated against the flu in the past will need two doses of flu vaccine.  

“We recommend that anyone over 6 months of age be vaccinated,” Engel said. “While it is still highly recommended for folks at risk for complications, such as pregnant women, children and people with chronic medical conditions, this year’s supply should be plentiful enough that we don’t have to limit who can receive it.”

For more information on flu, including tips on prevention and a convenient flu vaccine finder, visit flu.nc.gov.