PITTSBURGH, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning Sunday, Jan. 10 and continuing through the week, Highmark Inc. will join with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to promote National Influenza Vaccination Week.
Highmark will join other organizations across the country in a nationwide effort to remind individuals it's not too late to get their H1N1 vaccination.
The H1N1 flu is a serious disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between mid-April and Nov. 14, 2009, 47 million people in the United States were infected with the H1N1 flu, more than 200,000 people were hospitalized and more than 9,800 people died.
"Highmark is proud to join the nationwide effort to encourage more Americans to get vaccinated against H1N1," said Donald Fischer, M.D., Highmark's chief medical director. "There is a personal responsibility we share to do what we can to prevent the spread of the H1N1 influenza virus."
Although H1N1 flu activity has declined in recent weeks, it is expected to continue into January and beyond. There are three key actions individuals can take to prevent getting and spreading the flu including:
Several states will participate in a variety of activities to promote National Influenza Vaccination Week. These activities include public service announcements, press conferences, Webinars and roundtable discussions. For more information about National Influenza Vaccination Week and free resources that are available, go to http://www.cdc.gov/flu/NIVW/index.htm.
About Highmark Inc.
As one of the leading health insurers in Pennsylvania, Highmark Inc.'s mission is to provide access to affordable, quality health care enabling individuals to live longer, healthier lives. Based in Pittsburgh, Highmark serves 4.8 million people through the company's health care benefits business. Highmark contributes millions of dollars to help keep quality health care programs affordable and to support community-based programs that work to improve people's health. Highmark exerts an enormous economic impact throughout Pennsylvania. A recent study states that Highmark's positive impact exceeded $2.5 billion. The company provides the resources to give its members a greater hand in their health.
Highmark Inc. is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.
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