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American Lung Association of California Joins Sheriff's Department to Support Influenza Vaccination In Sacramento
Date:10/27/2009

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department (SSD) is partnering with the American Lung Association of California's Faces of Influenza campaign to raise awareness around the seriousness of seasonal influenza and to encourage annual vaccination throughout the Sacramento community.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Captain and local "face" of influenza Scott Jones will roll up his sleeves at SSD's seasonal influenza vaccination clinic today with hopes that he can encourage other residents to do the same. Scott knows that protecting his fellow Sacramento area residents should go above and beyond enforcing the law, and he has joined the Faces of Influenza educational initiative to encourage everyone in his community, including his fellow officers, to get vaccinated against this potentially deadly disease.

"I became a police officer to protect the community from danger. Getting vaccinated against influenza, and encouraging others to do so, is just one more way I can help the people of Sacramento," said Captain Jones. "Influenza is a serious and potentially deadly disease, but it is also easily prevented. We all need to do our part to keep our loved ones and our community safe from influenza through annual vaccination."

Health experts recommend annual influenza vaccination for nearly 250 million people in the U.S. Despite this recommendation, influenza immunization rates fall far short every year. Locally, an estimated 29,350 to 81,400 Sacramento area residents will suffer from influenza in an average year.

Celebrities, health officials and everyday people have joined the Faces of Influenza initiative, sharing their personal stories about their experiences with the disease and encouraging influenza vaccination among recommended groups.

These "faces" include people who fall into one or more of the high-risk groups recommended for annual immunization by
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