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									                     MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE
Department of Health and Human Services                                                                 907-343-6718

                                              Mayor Dan Sullivan


For immediate release: October 22, 2009                                  Contact: Allison Biastock 343-4619



      City Outlines H1N1 Flu Response and Vaccination Plans
  Residents can get vaccinated through healthcare providers or a free H1N1 vaccination clinic

Mayor Sullivan, joined by Anchorage School District and Municipal officials, today outlined Anchorage’s plan
for H1N1 flu response and vaccine distribution.

Since the H1N1 flu was identified as a public health threat, local officials, in collaboration with the State of
Alaska and other community partners, have been planning to respond to this pandemic flu strain. Many factors
were addressed in the planning of the Municipality’s pandemic flu response, including; preparing for a medical
surge, coordinating the distribution of antiviral medication, informing Anchorage residents how to avoid the flu,
addressing the needs of vulnerable populations, and vaccinating the general public.

Anchorage residents will be able to access H1N1 vaccine in three fashions:
    Through their private healthcare provider or local pharmacy
    Through one of many free public H1N1 vaccination clinics, open to the general public, occurring in
      November and December
    The Anchorage School District is holding vaccine clinics for students at each school

“Anchorage residents should rest assured that H1N1 vaccine is coming and will be available to the general
public” said Mayor Sullivan. “I am pleased that Anchorage families will have many options when it comes to
H1N1 vaccination.”

“The city has spent significant time preparing to respond to large scale incidents such as a pandemic flu
outbreak,” said Diane Ingle, DHHS Director. “With the H1N1 flu, the Municipality has been able to work with
our community partners to move from the planning board to action.”

The Municipality has created a flu hotline, 343-2525. The hotline will relay up-to-date information on H1N1
vaccine clinic dates, as well as general information about the flu and flu symptoms. You can also visit the
H1N1 webpage linked to HHS.muni.org for more information.



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