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American Lung Association of Arizona, Phoenix Fire and Maricopa County Public Health Urge Residents to Get Vaccinated Against the Flu
Date:11/19/2008

Fire Chief Bob Khan and County Health Director, Dr. Bob England Encourage all Families to Get Immunized During Free Influenza Immunization Clinic at Madison Number One Middle School

PHOENIX, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- On the heels of today's announcement that Arizona has its first lab-confirmed case of influenza in an infant from Maricopa County, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, the Arizona Department of Health Services, the Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI) and the American Lung Association's Faces of Influenza campaign joined forces to immunize students at Madison Number One Middle School in Phoenix.

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"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that all children aged 6 months to 18 years get vaccinated," said Dr. Bob England, director of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. "Today's clinic is a reminder to all of our parents that it is that time of year to get their kids immunized against the flu and while they are at it, parents should be getting their shots too."

Fire Chief Bob Khan is working with the American Lung Association of Arizona on its Faces of Influenza initiative to put a "face" on this serious disease and urge the Phoenix community to protect themselves by seeking annual influenza vaccination.

As a father of two young children and the local "face" of influenza, Chief Khan makes sure his entire family is immunized every year. He is also responsible for encouraging 2,000 first-responders from the Phoenix Fire Department to get vaccinated against this serious and potentially life-threatening disease. The CDC recommends all caregivers, care takers and health-care professionals in contact with high-risk groups get vaccinated to avo
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