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Telebriefing Set for Updates on U.S. Influenza Activity and Flu Vaccination Rates for Current Season

CDC Announces National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 5-11

For Immediate Release: December 2, 2010
Contact: CDC Media Relations
(404) 639-3286

WHAT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a telephone-only media briefing Friday, December 3, to provide up to date figures on U.S. influenza activity and vaccination rates and to announce this season's National Influenza Vaccination Week. This year, National Influenza Vaccination Week will be observed December 5-11. National Influenza Vaccination Week was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January and beyond.

A seasonal flu vaccination is recommended this year for everyone over the age of six months to stop the spread of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will post seasonal flu information on their websites: www.cdc.gov/flu and www.flu.gov

WHO

  • Howard Koh, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Anne Schuchat, M.D., Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

WHEN

Friday, December 3, 2010 at 12:30pm ET

DIAL-IN

* Please dial in 10 to 15 minutes before the start of the press conference.

  • Media: 888-795-0855
  • Non-Media: 888-769-9408
  • International: 1-517-308-9493
  • Passcode: CDC Media

Important Instructions: If you would like to ask a question during the call, press *1 on your touchtone phone. Press *2 to withdraw your question. You may queue up at any time. You will hear a tone to indicate your question is pending.

LISTEN-ONLY AUDIO WEBCAST

This press briefing will be available via listen-only audio webcast.

TRANSCRIPT

A transcript of this press briefing will be available following the briefing at the CDC Media Relations web site: www.cdc.gov/media.

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