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The CDC is Offering Information and Online Resources for Hispanic Pastors to Stay Informed on H1N1 Outbreaks and Vaccinations

The CDC is Offering Information and Online Resources for Hispanic Pastors to Stay Informed on H1N1 Outbreaks and Vaccinations

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Through this special communication, the Partnership Center would like to share some new tools for flu prevention and response as we enter the holiday season. The H1N1 virus is still particularly affecting pregnant women, children, young adults, and people ages 25 though 64 with medical conditions, such as asthma, heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes. Gatherings, such as those around the holidays, can be an opportunity to keep communities informed about preventing and treating flu, as well as vaccine safety - rather than opportunities for germs to spread. It's particularly important that people who are 'harder to reach' (due to geographic, language, socioeconomic or other reasons) receive accurate and accessible information about the flu and vaccine. Your organizations are often well positioned to help reach these communities. Below you will find links to several new 1 page fliers created by CDC that focus on vaccine safety and healthy habits. Please note outreach is voluntary. The following action steps can help keep everyone healthy. Please consider what steps might work for your community:
  • Forward this e-mail to communicate with your staff, partners, program participants, and others in your community.
  • Post the appropriate flyers linked below on your websites, community newsletters, bulletin boards, and social media links.
  • Print and hand out the fliers and post in public areas to reach those who do not have access to a computer.
  • Use regional, state, and local community partners to pass on the information.
  • Help people find vaccine available in their area by going to Flu.gov.
We have included links to four 1-page fliers with information about the 2009 H1N1 flu, vaccinations, and ways to maintain your health. Multiple versions of each to address language, race, and ethnicity differences are linked as well. Please choose the ones that work best for your audience. (a). You and the H1N1 flu vaccine. 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine is given in two ways.
        English version
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/2009-10/pdf/h1n1_safety_flyer.pdf
        Spanish Version
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/2009-10/pdf/h1n1_safety_flyer_sp.pdf (b). Children should get the vaccine.
        English version
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/2009-10/pdf/09_h1n1_children.pdf
        Spanish version
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/2009-10/pdf/09_h1n1_children_sp.pdf (c) Protect yourself from H1N1. Get the vaccine. Individual flyers have been designed for multiple audiences, though text is the same. Graphics have been adapted to address different communities.
        English - Purple Background
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/2009-10/pdf/09_h1n1_vaccine_safety_ver3.pdf
        English - Green Background
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/2009-10/pdf/09_h1n1_vaccine_safety_ver2.pdf
        English - Orange Background
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/2009-10/pdf/09_h1n1_vaccine_safety_ver1.pdf
        English - Blue Background
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/2009-10/pdf/09_h1n1_vaccine_safety_ver4.pdf
        Spanish for non English-speaking Audiences
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/2009-10/pdf/09_h1n1_vaccine_safety_sp.pdf (d). Cover Your Cough. Stop the Spread of Germs that Make You and Others Sick!
        English version
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/pdf/cdc_cough.pdf
        Spanish version
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/espanol/pdf/covercough_school_8x11_sp.pdf Heard a rumor about H1N1? Visit Myths & Facts to run a fact check and learn the truth. An additional resource is the CDC hotline, 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636), which offers services in English and Spanish, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We encourage you to visit Flu.gov for more free resources and one-page handouts available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. Please consider sharing this message with your family, friends, co-workers and networks today. Let's work together to help keep our communities safe and healthy. Again, please know that participation in this outreach effort is voluntary. Combatting the H1N1 Flu starts with awareness. The NHCLC urges all Hispanic pastors to download and read thefollowing brochure published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC): H1N1 Flu, A Guide For Community -and- Faith-Based Organizations (PDF) You can also download this widget which is a small program for your computer desktop with up to date information on flu shots and important information: Click here to Download Widget