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Culver family gets flu shot for vaccination week

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DES MOINES (KWWL) – Iowa's First Family is receiving influenza vaccinations tomorrow to help raise awareness of the importance of getting vaccinated.

First Lady Mari Culver and the Culver children, John and Clare, will receive H1N1 influenza vaccinations as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week. Governor Chet Culver has signed a proclamation designating this week as Influenza Vaccination Week in Iowa.

"Getting the vaccines for seasonal and 2009 H1N1 flu is the best way to protect yourself and your family against these illnesses," the First Lady said. "As we have seen in Iowa recently, the flu can become serious and life-threatening. National Influenza Vaccination Week is the perfect time to learn more and take action against the flu."

John and Clare Culver have already received the seasonal flu vaccination, and the First Lady will receive vaccinations for both seasonal and H1N1 flu tomorrow. Governor Culver and Lt. Governor Patty Judge plan to receive their influenza vaccinations soon.

Although H1N1 has affected many people in Iowa, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) says more than 90 percent of Iowans are still at risk for getting this illness. People who have not yet gotten their H1N1 or seasonal influenza vaccines are potentially at risk for getting all four strains of influenza – three seasonal and 2009 H1N1.

 

Seasonal influenza has not yet been detected in Iowa, and H1N1 illness is currently at a low level. Receiving vaccinations now provides the opportunity to have protection against both seasonal and H1N1 influenza before activity picks up again, as is expected. IDPH recommends a yearly seasonal flu vaccine and a 2009 H1N1 vaccine as the first and most important steps in protecting against these viruses.

 

It is important for parents to ensure their children are vaccinated, and it is equally important for adults to be vaccinated. Family members who get influenza often spread the virus to each other. The result can be several days or even weeks missed from work or school. In addition, an estimated 1,000 Iowans die from complications of seasonal influenza each year. To date, 40 Iowans have died from H1N1 influenza.

 

The H1N1 influenza vaccination is available free of charge to all members of the public. Visit www.idph.state.ia.us to learn more and find your county's public H1N1 vaccination site.

 

Details on the First Family's influenza vaccination event, which is open to the press, and the text of the Governor's proclamation are below.

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