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For Immediate Release: December 2, 2011
Contact: CDC Division of News and Electronic Media
(404)639-3286

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

CDC Announces National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 4-10

WHAT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a telephone-only media briefing Monday, December 5, to provide up-to-date figures on U.S. influenza activity and vaccination rates and to announce this season's National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW). This year, NIVW will be observed December 4-10.  National Influenza Vaccination Week was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination in December and beyond.

An annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone six months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. Following the media briefing, CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will provide more information about NIVW and reports with mid-season vaccination coverage 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

Monday, December 5, 2011 at Noon E.T.

DIAL-IN:

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

  • Media: 888-795-0855
  • Non Media: 800-369-3310
  • International: 1-630-395-0447           
  • 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.

TRANSCRIPT

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

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