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Dr. Henry Pacheco Joins CDC Director, Leading Infectious Disease Experts to Sound Alarm about Complacency as Influenza Season Nears

Influenza vaccination rates amongHispanics in the United Status remain dramatically low Approximately 36,000 people die annually in the United States from flu complications, surpassing the annual mortality rate of the AIDS virus Presented by The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and the National Coalition for Adult Immunization (NCAI)


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–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–ADVISORY for Tuesday, September 23, 2003


WHAT:


Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) and other leading infectious disease experts, including Dr. Henry Pacheco, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases’ (NFID) national spokesperson to the Hispanic community and scientific consultant to the National Council of La Raza, to issue an urgent call to action, especially among the Hispanic population, for annual influenza/pneumococcal disease vaccinations. Presentations will include information on the coming influenza season, lower vaccination coverage among high-risk groups, an increase in influenza-related deaths, recent reports of flu-related illness and death in the under 21-population in Michigan last season. Dr. Henry Pacheco will address the media in Spanish about the importance to the Hispanic community of annual vaccination against the flu, and will encourage Hispanics to be vaccinates this and every influenza season.


WHO:


Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Henry Pacheco, MD, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases’ (NFID) Hispanic spokesperson and Scientific Consultant, National Council of La Raza (NCLR)


Nancy Cox, PhD, Chief, Influenza Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Kristin Nichol, MD, MPH, National Coalition for Adult Immunization & Chief of Medicine, Minneapolis VA Medical Center


Donald Palmisano, MD, JD, President, American Medical Association


William Rogers, MD, Medical Officer, Office of Administration, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


William Schaffner, MD, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases & Professor and Chairman, Department of Preventive Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine


WHEN:



Tuesday, September 23, 2003, 10 a.m. EST
Continental breakfast will be provided for the attending media starting at 9:30 a.m. (please confirm your attendance)


WHY:


Unlike high profile illnesses, such as SARS and the West Nile virus, the flu is widespread, has a low cost vaccine, which protects 70 to 90% of the healthy population, and prevents hospitalization in about 70% of the elderly and the chronically ill. In spite of the seriousness of a flu infection, flu vaccination rates continue to be low, especially among the Hispanic population, and they have not reached the national goals.


WHERE:


The National Press Club, 14th and F Streets, NW, The First Amendment Room,
Washington, D.C.



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Dr. Henry Pacheco Joins CDC Director, Leading Infectious Disease Experts to Sound Alarm about Complacency as Influenza Season Nears