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Story from the Field

Name of Health Department/Agency: Ohio Department of Health
State: OH
Date Added: 01/22/2010
Themes: Communications - General H1N1
Issue Summary: H1N1 Public Service Announcement Features Football Hero
Description of Issue(s):

The Ohio Department of Health has enlisted football great Archie Griffin to spread the word about H1N1.

Actions taken to address the issue(s): The department released a new H1N1 public service announcement Wednesday, featuring Griffin, the Ohio State University alumnus and two-time Heisman Trophy winner. ?For years I fought to stay healthy on the football field, and I?ve been leading a healthy life since then,? Griffin says in the PSA. ?I?ve learned the best defense can sometimes be a good offense. That?s why I?m urging you to get your flu vaccination.?
Outcomes that resulted from actions taken: The department continues to get the word out about H1N1 vaccines and the importance of getting vaccinated. ?We?re currently in a lull, so we?re encouraging everyone to get the vaccine now,? said Jen House, a public information officer with ODH. ?The more people who are vaccinated now the less likely it will be to spread later.? House said there could very well be a third wave of the H1N1 virus on its way. The typical flu season runs through mid-March, and H1N1 flu is still the main type of flu circulating around Ohio, according to ODH. The state has ordered more than 4 million doses total of the vaccine and continues to have ample supply for anyone who needs it. Locally, Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County continues to have public clinics for the H1N1 vaccine.

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