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Kristi Yamaguchi Joins the American Lung Association of the Central States to Encourage Annual Influenza Vaccination to Help Americans Prepare for Flu Season
Date:9/30/2009

DALLAS, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Olympic Gold Medalist, "Dancing with the Stars" winner and mother Kristi Yamaguchi visited the Metroplex to help the American Lung Association of the Central States' Faces of Influenza campaign raise awareness about the importance of annual influenza vaccination and help community members prepare for the upcoming flu season. This year, public health experts, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are recommending seasonal influenza vaccination as the first line of defense in protecting against the influenza virus.

The recent A (H1N1) outbreak is a strong reminder that influenza is not the common cold. It's a serious respiratory illness. Each year approximately 226,000 people are hospitalized and 36,000 die due to influenza-related complications.

As the mother of two young children, Kristi knows that annual influenza immunization is a must for everyone in her family.

"I take my daughters to get vaccinated every year because it's the best protection against influenza," Kristi said. "I also ask everyone in contact with them to make sure they are vaccinated as well, to help create a cocoon of protection."

She has joined the American Lung Association of the Central States' Faces of Influenza campaign to encourage Dallas/Ft. Worth area residents to see themselves and their loved ones among the many "faces" of influenza - people who fall into one or more target groups recommended for annual vaccination by the CDC.

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Many community leaders, including Dallas City Council and Medical City Dallas Hospital, are partnering with the American Lung Association of the Central States' Faces of Influenza campaign to reinforce that vaccination is the best protection available against the disease.

They also are joined by Rebecca Wooters, a local "face"
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