Dynamic Homes
ads@blueearthmarketing.com   712.224.5420

Health
IHS pushing for H1N1 flu vaccinations in Indian Country


The Indian Health Service is unveiling a public service announcement campaign to encourage American Indians and Alaska Natives to get vaccinated against the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu.

IHS Director Yvette Roubideaux will participate in a conference call tomorrow to discuss the campaign and other efforts to keep American Indians and Alaska Natives healthy during the flu season. Also joining the call will be Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Indians and Alaska Natives are more likely to die from H1N1 than any other racial or ethnic group. Ralph T. Bryan, the senior tribal liaison for science and public health at the CDC, also will be on the call.

President Barack Obama declared this week to be National Influenza Vaccination Week. "Together, we can all fight the H1N1 flu and help protect our families, friends, and neighbors," he said in a proclamation.

Also Today:
American Indians found at high risk from swine flu (The Sacramento Bee 1/11)

Related Stories:
Yvette Roubideaux: The real meessage about H1N1 flu (1/8)
CDC: High rate of Indian deaths from H1N1 virus (12/10)
Indians in New Mexico have highest rate of flu deaths (12/2)
Alaska Natives hospitalized for flu at highest rate (11/30)
PRI: Swine flu threatens Yanomami in Amazon (11/18)
Artist Michael Kabotie dies from flu complications (10/26)
Wind River Reservation schools closed due to flu (10/15)
Swine flu probe links nurse to body bags (10/8)
Off-reserve Natives eye flu vaccine priority (10/7)
BIE school first in New Mexico to close for flu (09/25)
BIE school closed for large number of flu cases (9/24)
Swine flu reported at Oglala Sioux Tribe school (9/23)
Body bag apology not enough for First Nations (9/18)
First Nations receive body bags in swine flu kits (9/16)
BIE tells schools with swine flu cases to close (9/15)
Utah tribes receive money for swine flu campaign (9/4)
Canada vows Native priority for swine flu vaccine (9/1)
First Nation cancels meeting over swine flu (8/18)
Fort Belknap Reservation hit with swine flu (8/14)
Remote tribe in Peru sees cases of swine flu (8/13)
First Nations raising money to fight swine flu (07/17)
Native woman in Saskatchewan dies of swine flu (7/14)
Swine flu among Natives worries prime minister (06/26)
First Nations declare emergency over swine flu (6/25)
First Nations denied hand sanitizer despite flu (6/24)
Native woman in Manitoba dies after flu illness (6/22)
Another swine flu case among Manitoba Natives (06/10)
Natives in Manitoba hit by severe flu breakout (6/9)
First Nation in Manitoba confirms swine flu (06/05)
IHS confirms three cases of swine flu in Navajo area (5/21)
Swine flu death reported on Gila River Reservation (5/20)
Chippewa Cree Tribe reports case of swine flu (5/18)
IHS confirms swine flu case on Navajo Nation (5/13)
Indian Country largely spared from swine flu virus (5/12)
Mille Lacs Band reports possible case of swine flu (5/7)
Lac du Flambeau Band responds to swine flu concerns (5/5)