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Phoenix Fire Chief Bob Khan Encourages Arizonans to Get Vaccinated Against Influenza
Date:11/27/2007

Khan Joins the American Lung Association's Faces of Influenza Program to

Urge Immunization throughout the Season

PHOENIX, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- In Maricopa County alone, an average of up 20% of the population, or 757,000 people, are estimated to suffer from influenza this season. Although more than two-thirds of Americans are recommended for annual vaccination, immunization rates fall short every year, leaving many unprotected and at risk for serious illness. In fact, only about 20% of adults in Arizona are vaccinated annually.*

Phoenix Fire Chief Bob Khan has joined the American Lung Association as a local spokesperson for the Faces of Influenza initiative. The program is aimed to put a "face" on influenza and help Arizonans see firsthand the need for annual vaccination, which is beneficial throughout the fall and winter months.

To demonstrate his support of the program, Chief Khan participated today in a press conference with Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon at Phoenix City Hall. During the conference, Chief Khan and Mayor Gordon, along with Karen Lewis, M.D. of the Arizona Department of Health Services, Bob England, M.D. of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health and Nancy Cohrs with the American Lung Association of Arizona, reinforced the seriousness of influenza and the importance of annual vaccination through November, December and beyond in Arizona. Mayor Gordon and Chief Khan further demonstrated their commitment by receiving an influenza vaccination during the event.

"If an influenza epidemic incapacitated our first responders, the Valley would suffer tremendously," says Chief Khan. "Not only is it important for our firefighters to receive their influenza vaccinations, but it's imperative for those at risk or anyone who comes in contact with them to be vaccinated."

The Faces of Influenza Portrait Gallery, a cornerstone to the program, was unveiled after the press conference. The Gallery is an ex
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