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    MEDIA ADVISORY: DHH Flu Campaign Events Kickoff Statewide

    "Spread the Word, Not the Flu! It's time to get the shot."

    Wednesday, November 9, 2011 | Contact: Bureau of Media & Communications (225) 342-7913 or (225) 252-3579 (cell)

    Baton Rouge—Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein will be joined by State Sen. Fred Mills and DHH Region 4 Medical Director Dr. Tina Stefanski to kick off the state's annual flu vaccination campaign at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 10.

    Each year, more than 200,000 Americans are hospitalized because of the flu and more than 36,000 die from influenza-related causes. While Louisiana normally doesn't see increased flu activity until January, DHH surveillance has noted a recent uptick in reported cases across the state.

    WHO: Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
    WHAT: Spread the Word, Not the Flu! Campaign Kickoff
    WHERE: Breaux Bridge Health Unit, 1555 Gary Dr., Breaux Bridge, La.
    WHEN: 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011

    In keeping with this year's theme of the flu vaccine campaign "Spread the Word, Not the Flu! It's Time to Get the Shot," similar kick-off events will be held in each area of the state with local leaders and medical officials.

    Each of these regional events will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the following locations:

    <TABLE style="HEIGHT: 298px" border=1 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=531 align=center><TBODY><TR><TD vAlign=top width=191>Region 1 (New Orleans Metro)New Orleans Fire Headquarters
    317 Decatur St.
    New Orleans

    </TD><TD vAlign=top width=191>Region 2 (Capital Area)EBRP Health Unit
    353 North 12th St.
    Baton Rouge

    </TD><TD vAlign=top width=191>Region 3 (South Central La.)Lafourche Parish Health Unit
    2535 Veterans Blvd.

    </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=top width=191>Region 5 (Southwest Louisiana)Memorial Family Medicine Center
    1525 Oak Park Blvd.
    Lake Charles

    </TD><TD vAlign=top width=191>Region 6 (Central Louisiana)Alexandria Museum of Art
    933 Main Street

    </TD><TD vAlign=top width=191>Region 7 (Northwest Louisiana)Caddo Parish Health Unit
    1035 Creswell Ave.

    </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=top width=191>Region 8 (Northeast Louisiana)Delhi United Methodist Church
    402 Main St.

    </TD><TD vAlign=top width=191>Region 9 (Northshore)St. Tammany Community Health Center
    501 Robert Blvd.

    </TD><TD vAlign=top width=191>

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals strives to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state citizens. To learn more about DHH, visit For up-to-date health information, news and emergency updates, follow DHH's blog, Twitter account and Facebook.
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    -Nelson Mandela