[United States Statutes at Large, Volume 124, 111th Congress, 2nd Session]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]

 
PROCLAMATION 8472--JAN. 8, 2010

Proclamation 8472 of January 8, 2010
National Influenza Vaccination Week, 2010
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Since the first United States cases were identified in April of last
year, our Nation has witnessed the worldwide spread of the H1N1
influenza virus. To date, tens of millions of Americans have contracted
this virus. While the vast majority of those affected have recovered
without incident, an unusually high proportion of children and younger
adults have developed serious complications, resulting in
hospitalization or even death. We know that influenza vaccination is the
best way to protect ourselves against the flu, and my Administration
moved swiftly to respond to this threat by assisting in the development
of a vaccine, which is now widely available and has shown to be both
safe and effective.
Every American has a role to play in fighting the H1N1 flu. Expectant
mothers, children, young adults, and all those under the age of 65 with
chronic health conditions are at high risk for H1N1 flu-related
complications and should get the vaccine as soon as possible. Those not
at high risk can protect themselves and prevent the virus from spreading
to more vulnerable members of their families and communities by getting
vaccinated as well.
This week presents a window of opportunity for us to prevent a possible
third wave of H1N1 flu in the United States. I strongly encourage those
who have not yet received the H1N1 flu vaccine to do so. Visit flu.gov
to find vaccination sites in communities across our country and to stay
informed. Together, we can all fight the H1N1 flu and help protect our
families, friends, and neighbors.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim the week of January
10-16, 2010, as National Influenza Vaccination Week. I encourage all
Americans to observe this week by getting the H1N1 flu vaccine if they
have not yet done so, and by asking their families, friends, and co-
workers to do the same.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of
January, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Inde-

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pendence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-
fourth.
BARACK OBAMA