Local 'Faces of Influenza' Karen Newman and LaShell Griffin Asking Everyone, Especially Mothers, to Protect Themselves and Their Families This
and Every Year
Photo Opportunity/Media Advisory
DETROIT, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ --
WHAT: Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic Gold Medalist
Karen Newman, "Voice of the Detroit Red Wings"
LaShell Griffin, Oprah's Pop Star Challenge Winner
Olympic Gold Medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi has joined the
American Lung Association of Michigan's Faces of Influenza
campaign to encourage influenza vaccination throughout the winter
months and into the spring to help protect against this serious
virus and boost alarmingly low state immunization rates among
children and adults.
Popular Detroit entertainers Karen Newman, the "Voice of the
Detroit Red Wings," and LaShell Griffin, 2004 winner of Oprah
Winfrey's Pop Star Challenge, are also partnering on the campaign
to encourage increased immunization in Michigan. Karen and
LaShell, both mothers of children with asthma, know firsthand the
importance of vaccination against this dangerous illness, which
causes between 100,000 and 300,000 cases in Wayne County each
year. Additionally, between 500,000 and 2,000,000 residents of
Michigan suffer from influenza in an average year, according to
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
WHEN: Tuesday, December 11, 2007
10 a.m.-Noon: Kristi, LaShell and Karen will be at the Detroit
Skating Club encouraging participants to get immunized and
10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will administer
Vaccinations will be administered by the VNA to anyone six months
of age and older wishing to receive influenza immunization for
$25 cash or check. The VNA also accepts Blue Care Network, HAP,
Priority Health (formerly CareChoices) and Medicare Part B.
People should bring their picture identification and insurance
WHERE: Detroit Skating Club
888 Denison Court
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
WHY: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), between approximately 45,500 and 180,000 Detroiters will
suffer from influenza in an average year. More than two out of
every three Americans are recommended for annual vaccination but
immunization rates fall far short every year, leaving many
unprotected and at risk for severe illness. Only about 15 percent
of healthy adults in Michigan are vaccinated every year, while
just 30 percent of Michiganians at high-risk of developing
influenza-related complications receive an annual immunization. *
Since the influenza season typically does not peak until
February, vaccination should continue throughout the fall and
Approximately 36,000 Americans die and about 226,000 are
hospitalized due to influenza and its complications nationwide
every year. Vaccination is a safe and effective way to prevent
influenza and its complications.
-- Kristi Yamaguchi, Karen Newman and LaShell Griffin.
-- Faces of Influenza portrait gallery - an exhibition which
displays dramatic black-and-white portraits and compelling
personal stories of famous and not-so-famous Americans who
fall into one or more of the groups recommended for
immunization by the CDC
-- Public getting influenza vaccinations
INFO: For more information about the Faces of Influenza initiative or
to find nearby influenza vaccination clinics, visit
http://www.facesofinfluenza.org . The American Lung Association's Faces
of Influenza campaign is made possible through a collaboration
with sanofi pasteur.
* According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccination
coverage rate for high-risk adults 18-49 years of age (as of the
|SOURCE American Lung Association of Michigan|
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