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December 5, 2012
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MDH to hold Twitter chat on flu, flu vaccine Dec. 6

Effort supports 'Ban the Bug' week in Minnesota

Can you get the flu from a flu shot? When should a pregnant women get their flu shot? Can young children get flu vaccine? Is there a way to get vaccinated without a needle? Is stomach flu the same as influenza?

These are just a few of the questions that health officials from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are prepared to answer when they hold a live Twitter chat from noon to 1 p.m. (CST) Thursday, Dec. 6. Three experts on influenza and influenza vaccines will take questions from Twitter followers using the hashtag #askMDH. Infectious Disease Division Director Kristen Ehresmann, who has served on CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices (ACIP), will be joined by MDH colleagues Denise Dunn and Jennifer Heath from the Immunization Program.

The department's first Twitter chat is being held during Minnesota's “Ban the Bug” week Dec. 2-8, also known as National Influenza Vaccination Week. “Ban the Bug” is a partnership among MDH, local public health agencies and the Minnesota Coalition for Adult Immunizations to provide Minnesotans with opportunities to get their annual influenza vaccine and to remind them that it's not too late to protect themselves from a potentially serious disease.

Go to www.mdhflu.com and click on “Flu Twitter Chat” at the top of the page for more information.

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For more information, contact:

Doug Schultz
MDH Communications
651-201-4993

Andrea Ahneman
MDH Immunizations
651-201-5195