Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Following The Flu On Facebook

Updates on Ohio's H1N1 flu levels are now hitting Facebook and Twitter. The Ohio Department of Health is using the popular social networking sites to deliver any new updates regarding flu outbreaks and information on other health issues.

"Providing timely, accurate information to Ohioans is an important responsibility that the Department of Health takes seriously," ODH Director Alvin D. Jackson said in a press release. "I am excited about receiving feedback from Ohioans through our new social media channels."

The Department of Health also announced that beginning today, the H1N1 Informational Hotline will reduce its hours of operation. The hotline will be accepting calls from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The hotline will be closed Thursday, November 26, 2009 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday and re-open at 8 a.m. Friday, November 27, 2009.

To follow the updates on Facebook and Twitter, check out the ODH's revamped H1N1 flu Web site at

Become an ODH Facebook fan at for frequent updates on H1N1 and seasonal flu. Fans will also be able to learn about other public health issues facing Ohio and the important services ODH provides.

Ohioans following ODH on will get updates on vaccine ordering, tips on flu prevention and other relevant H1N1/seasonal flu information, while will provide followers with information related to public health in Ohio and information regarding ODH's programs, services and events.

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