FOR RELEASE: IMMEDIATELY
DATE: Tuesday, January 12, 2010
CONTACT: HHS Press Office
For Wednesday, January 13, 2010
January 13: Family Flu Vaccination Day
Secretary Sebelius to Attend Capitol Hill Event
Urging Families to get the H1N1 Flu Vaccine
Free H1N1 Vaccinations to Be Offered at Neighborhood Event
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are partnering with the Congressional Study Group on Public Health and the Campaign for Public Health Foundation to hold a H1N1 vaccination event in Washington, DC on Wednesday, January 13, 2010. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and U.S. Representative Jim McGovern will encourage children and families to get the H1N1 flu vaccine. U.S. government officials will be joined by Dr. Raymond Strikas of the National Vaccine Program Office, Henry Lin, a member of Families Fight Flu and parent of a young child who died of the H1N1 flu virus as well as Luke Duvall, a high school football player who nearly died from the H1N1 flu and was recently featured on CBS News' 60 minutes.
The DC Department of Public Health and Georgetown University's Kids Mobile Medical Care Unit will offer free H1N1 vaccinations to children and families on a first-come, first-served basis, from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jim McGovern, U.S House of Representative (MA-03) and Co-Chair, Congressional Study Group on Public Health
Henry Lin, M.D., Member, Families Fighting Flu, and parent of a young child who died from the H1N1 virus
Luke Duvall, high-school football player who survived the H1N1 virus
Raymond A. Strikas, M.D., Medical Officer, National Vaccine Program Office, HHS
David B. Nelson, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Georgetown University Hospital
The Family Room
411 8th Street, SE
(near Eastern Market Metro)
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
11:00 a.m. EST
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), January 10-16, 2010, is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January and beyond.
For more information on National Influenza Vaccination Week, visit http://www.Flu.gov/GetVaccinated