December 4, 2003
HONOLULU – UH Warrior Head Defensive Line Coach Vantz
Singletary, and Assistant Defensive Coaches Keith Bhonapha and Rinda
Brooks realize that it’s not too late to get a flu shot. Coaching
staff are "rolling up their sleeves" for a flu shot. They know that
getting a flu shot is the best way to avoid the flu.
Coaches Singletary, Bhonapha, and Brooks received their flu shot
today at the UH Practice Field. The flu shot is strongly recommended
for UH football players in order to avoid the flu and disruption during
football season. The coaching staff knows how important it is to
protect their players, especially during flu season.
Flu, or influenza, is a serious disease that is easily transmitted.
Over 114,000 people are hospitalized and 36,000 people die each year in
the United States from the flu.
After a couple of years of relatively mild flu activity virtually
worldwide, influenza season in Canada and mainland United States
started early and with a wallop, due to the surfacing of a potentially
dangerous player, a strain of influenza known as A/Fujian. The Fujian
strain, which originated in Fujian province, China, was a part of a
class of flu viruses that caused severe outbreaks in the United States
in the 1990s. Recently five children died in Britain from influenza
caused by this circulating flu strain. In Colorado there have been four
deaths from influenza – three children and one teenager. This
year’s flu vaccine formula does not exactly match the A/Fujian
flu virus. However, the vaccine is expected to provide some
cross-protection against the virus.
The best way to protect yourself is to get a flu shot as soon as
possible. Hawaii has seen very few flu cases and no deaths this season
so far so it’s definitely not too late to get protected. Although
anyone who wishes to avoid influenza should be vaccinated, CDC strongly
recommends influenza vaccination as soon as possible for any person at
high risk for complications from the flu.
Those at high risk for complications from
the flu include:
- People 65 years or older
- People with chronic (on-going) or long-term health problems, like
diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, asthma, cancer or
- Women who are at least 3 months pregnant during the flu season
- Infants aged 6 to 23 months
If you live with or have contact with anyone in any of these
categories, you should also get the flu shot to reduce the possibility
of transmitting the flu to those at high risk.
Ask your doctor about the flu shot today. If you do not have a
doctor and/or are uninsured, call 2-1-1 for a clinic near you. For more
information about the flu shot, visit the Hawaii Immunization Program
website at www.vaxhawaii.com. Fight the Flu: Make a Date to
For more information, contact:
Dept of Health, Immunization Program
Phone: (808) 586-8321
Laura M. Lott
Dept of Health, Communications Office
Phone: (808) 586-4418