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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

“Enough Excuses” Flu Vaccination Campaign

DENVER – With the long wait for 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine behind us, the state health department has launched an “Enough Excuses” media campaign urging everyone to get an H1N1 flu vaccination. 

The awareness campaign is being launched just ahead of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Influenza Vaccination Week, which begins Sunday, Jan. 10 and runs through Saturday, Jan. 16. The week is designed to raise awareness about flu prevention during the holidays and into the first of the year, when flu cases typically mount. 

Ned Calonge, the state’s chief medical officer, said, “Influenza is a serious health threat. With our typical seasonal flu surge occurring in the early part of each year, I wouldn’t advise going into the new year without a flu vaccination.” 

Having wrapped up efforts to ensure higher-risk groups had first access to the H1N1 vaccine, Colorado’s county health agencies and flu vaccination providers now have opened access to all Coloradans. For a list of locations providing vaccinations, individuals may visit www.immunizecolorado.com. 

“Enough Excuses” flu messages, which emphasize the time is over for making excuses for not getting a vaccination, will be shown in

numerous locations throughout Colorado, including on movie screens, at Colorado Avalanche games, at the National Western Stock Show, at Denver International Airport and at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts theatre complex. 

People with questions about 2009 H1N1 influenza are encouraged to call the CO HELP hotline at 1-877-462-2911 or go to http://www.colorado.gov/nofluforyou. For information on flu vaccination clinics or to view campaign theatre ads, visit http://www.immunizecolorado.com.

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