September 08, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Fight the Flu Campaign Officially Launched in Greene County

In partnership with local public health agencies across Missouri and the greater Springfield area health care community, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department announces the public launch of a new campaign called “Fight the Flu”.

“This grassroots campaign developed by local public health agencies across Missouri encourages residents to work together to help protect our families and our communities against all types of flu, including H1N1” says director of health Kevin Gipson.

As flu season approaches and H1N1 influenza continues to spread across the state, community members are urged to follow tips to protect their families, themselves and their community.

Protect your family
Protect yourself
Protect our communities

Printable materials, fact sheets, links to local public health agencies and other information can be found on the campaign website at . In addition, residents can receive updates by following the campaign’s Twitter account at or Facebook page at . Instructional videos on how to properly wash your hands, how to cover your cough and other pieces will be posted on the campaign’s YouTube account at , and questions can be submitted and surveys filled out on the campaign’s blog at .
“We need each member of our community to join in this effort to fight the flu,” adds Gipson. “We know seasonal flu is coming. We expect to see H1N1 continue to circulate as well, and we must work together to slow the spread of flu in our community.”
For more information, contact the Springfield-Greene County Health Department by visiting or by calling the public health information line at 417-864-1166.

Media contact:
Jaci McReynolds, Public Information Administrator; (417) 874-1205 office, (417) 830-9511 cell

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