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Govt. To Announce New Campaigns Encouraging Minorities To Get H1N1 Flu Vaccine


                              
                                                            
January 12: Flu Vaccination Day for Americans with Underlying Health Conditions

HHS and CDC to Announce New PSA Campaigns Encouraging African Americans, American Indians, and Alaska Natives to get the H1N1 Flu Vaccine

National Influenza Vaccination Week continues today with a focus on why Americans with underlying health conditions should get vaccinated against the H1N1 flu. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will hold press conference calls to unveil new public service announcements campaigns to encourage African-Americans and American Indians and Alaska Natives to get the H1N1 flu vaccine.

There will be two press conference calls. At 2 p.m. EST, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, Dr. Anthony Fiore of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health Dr. Garth Graham will hold a press conference call to announce new radio PSAs aimed at encouraging African-Americans to get vaccinated against the H1N1 flu. 

At 3 p.m. EST, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Director of the Indian Health Service Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, and CDC Senior Tribal Liaison for Science and Public Health Ralph T. Bryan will hold a press conference call to unveil new PSAs for TV and radio aimed at encouraging American Indians and Alaska Natives to the H1N1 flu vaccine. 

All PSAs will be available at Flu.gov/PSA

HHS, with CDC, will also hold a webinar today in partnership with the American Diabetes Association, the American Lung Association, and the American Cancer Society. The webinar, at 2:30 p.m., will be on the impact the H1N1 flu is having on people with underlying conditions, and the importance of these individuals getting vaccinated. Information on how to participate in the webinar can be found at Flu.gov/GetVaccinated.
 
Press Conference Call to Announce new PSAs Encouraging African Americans to Get the H1N1 Flu Vaccine

WHO: Regina Benjamin, M.D., Surgeon General
Anthony Fiore, M.D., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
                          Garth Graham, M.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health
 
WHEN: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 
2 p.m. EST
 
CALL-IN NUMBER:    888-469-1931
PASSCODE: 7780666

Press Conference Call to Announce New PSAs Encouraging American Indians and Alaska Natives to Get the H1N1 Flu Vaccine

WHO: Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Yvette Roubideaux, M.D., Director, Indian Health Service
Ralph T. Bryan, M.D., Senior Tribal Liaison for Science and Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
                          
WHEN: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 
3 p.m. EST
 
CALL-IN NUMBER:    888-324-3181
PASSCODE: 1053251


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Contact: HHS Press Office
(202) 690-6343



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