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American Lung Association Supports Health Officials to Prevent the Spread of Seasonal Influenza by Urging People to Get Vaccinated
Date:9/11/2009

Flu Clinic Locator Available on www.flucliniclocator.org to Help People Find Local Seasonal Flu Vaccination Clinics and Stay Healthy

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Lung Association is making it easier for people to get their seasonal flu vaccine this year with the availability of its 2009-2010 Flu Clinic Locator. The largest online directory of public seasonal influenza vaccination clinics is now available at www.flucliniclocator.org.

The American Lung Association's Flu Clinic Locator is an easy-to-use online resource, enabling individuals to find the most convenient place to get their seasonal flu vaccine. The locator includes more than 650,000 clinic locations across the country, searchable by ZIP code. It also provides the option to set up an appointment e-mail reminder and to sign up for influenza-specific updates throughout the season.

At a national news conference today, health officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and other groups strongly urged Americans to get vaccinated as soon as possible to help protect themselves and their loved ones from this potentially deadly disease.

The CDC recently has expanded its recommendations for annual vaccination to include all children 6 months through 18 years of age. Influenza immunization rates among adults and children fall short of public health goals every year, despite government recommendations. Each year, seasonal influenza and its complications result in an average of 226,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths in the U.S.

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