For Immediate Release: Nov. 15, 2006
Media Contact: Communication Office
BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health launched its flu prevention campaign today and urged Vermonters to “Be A Superhero” and get a flu shot, wash your hands often, cover your cough and stay home if you are sick.
“Sometimes performing a truly heroic deed is as simple as doing the right thing and getting a flu shot,” said Health Commissioner Sharon Moffatt, RN, MSN. “Flu vaccine is the best defense, not only for yourself, but for your family, friends and the people around you as well.”
Vaccine is widely available this year. A full supply of adult vaccine has already arrived in Vermont and is available at clinics and with health care providers, and 70 percent of the vaccine for children has arrived with the remaining supply expected in the new few weeks.
The Health Department hopes to separate fact from myth this year with a campaign that features “The Adventures of Factman” a health superhero who lands among average citizens and proclaims “Flu vaccine does not cause flu,” and, “Each year, the Flu Kills 36,000 Americans.”
Every year, up to 20 percent of the U.S. population gets the flu. Older people, young children, and people with health conditions are at high risk for serious complications during flu season, which typically begins in December or January and continues through April of the following year.
The Health Department 2010 goal is to have 90 percent of the population vaccinated against the flu each season. Yet to date, only 66 percent of Vermonters over the age of 65 get their flu vaccine.
In addition to being vaccinated against the flu, take the following simple precautions to help keep illness from spreading:
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue and then throw it away.
- Wash your hands often, especially after you cough or sneeze.
- Use alcohol-based hand wipes and gel sanitizers if soap and water are not available.
- Stay home from work or school if you are sick.
For more information on the Health Department campaign visit: healthvermont.gov/superhero/.