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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, January 27, 2006
Contact:
Dr. Diana Yu, (360) 709-3082

Medical Reserve Corps Provides Flu Shots at the Legislature


Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps volunteers today provided flu shots at the legislature.  This was another opportunity for this volunteer group of Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Veterinarians, Pharmacists, emergency workers, and ex- military medics to expand the public health capacity for responding during an emergency. 

For a variety of reasons, some folks may not yet have gotten their flu shots.  Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Diana Yu says it is never too late to get one, unless you have already had influenza this season.  So far this year, influenza has been slow in arriving to the South Sound according to Dr. Yu.  "We continue to see sporadic cases of influenza in our area.  However, nine other states are reporting widespread influenza activity." 

State representatives Shay Schaul Berke and Sam Hunt took advantage of this opportunity for a flu shot as did 57 other workers and visitors to the legislative building.

Thurston County public health emergency response coordinators also took the opportunity to discuss emergency plans for the legislature and capitol campus in the event of a public health emergency, such as pandemic influenza.   For information about available flu vaccine, please check http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/welcome.html.

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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3