Henry Schein Contributes Influenza Vaccine to Support CDC Campaigns
MELVILLE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 14, 2003--
Donated Doses Will Expand Scope of Immunization Programs Reaching
Underserved Populations In CDC Identified U.S. Cities
In conjunction with the start of influenza vaccination efforts
across the country, Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq:HSIC) today announced
that it is donating influenza vaccine to communities involved in two
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) programs.
The donated vaccine, which is being provided to local health
departments, will help extend the reach of the CDC's 2003-2004
national Influenza Immunization Education Campaign--"Protect yourself.
Protect your loved ones. Get Your Flu Vaccine!"--in selected U.S.
cities, and the CDC's Racial and Ethnic Adult Disparities in
Immunization Initiative (READII), which targets five additional areas
of the country. The donation is part of the Company's corporate
citizenship program Henry Schein Cares(TM), which seeks to narrow the
disparity in the delivery of healthcare services and information in
underserved communities, both in the United States and abroad, by
providing resources to support the programs of community-based health
professionals and their organizations. In addition to the vaccine, two
Henry Schein vendor partners are donating other necessary immunization
supplies: Becton Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) is contributing
their BD Integra(TM) 3ml Syringes with Retracting BD
PrecisionGlide(TM) Needle, as well as BD(TM) Sharps Collectors, and
Microflex Corporation is supplying gloves.
"These two CDC programs mesh perfectly with the mission of Henry
Schein Cares," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman, CEO and President of
Henry Schein. "As a leading distributor of vaccines in the United
States and the largest provider of healthcare products and services to
office-based practitioners in the combined North American and European
markets, we recognize that we have a responsibility to support
valuable programs that deliver important healthcare services and
information to underserved segments of our society. We take this
obligation seriously, and are proud to support the CDC as it seeks to
protect Americans from the single most common vaccine-preventable
disease. We also greatly appreciate the support of Becton Dickinson
and Microflex. As leaders in our industry, we are excited to have
their support in the program."
The cities targeted through the Influenza Immunization Education
Campaign include Austin, Houston, Galveston, and Brazoria, Texas;
Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Ind., Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale,
Miami, Tampa, and St. Petersburg, Fla.; Riverside, San Bernardino, and
Los Angeles, Calif.; and Baltimore, Md. Cities including in the READII
program include Chicago, Ill.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Rochester, N.Y.; San
Antonio, Texas; an 18 county area of the Mississippi Delta, as well as
Mississippi's Hinds County.
These cities were included in the CDC's extended efforts because
of their relatively low influenza immunization rates.
"Awareness of the seriousness of influenza and the importance of
vaccination is the first step in combating the disease," said Dr.
Walter A. Orenstein, Director of the CDC's National Immunization
Program. "Each year, 114,000 people in the United States are
hospitalized because of influenza, and about 36,000 people die
annually due to the disease and its complications. Through
vaccination, we can reduce these numbers, particularly among elderly
and chronically ill citizens who are at greatest risk. These programs
will help raise awareness of the facts and provide additional access
to underserved people in these communities."
"Educating underserved populations or segments of our society
where there historically has been resistance to influenza vaccination
is an important step in bridging the health status and healthcare
disparity gap," said Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., former U.S. Secretary of
Health and Human Services, and a member of Henry Schein's Board of
Directors. "These CDC initiatives are important, and I am pleased that
Henry Schein has chosen to support them."
The CDC's 2003-2004 Influenza Immunization Education Campaign was
launched October 1 and runs through January 2004. READII is a two-year
demonstration project being conducted in five sites to improve
influenza and pneumococcal vaccination rates for African-Americas and
Hispanics 65 years of age or older.
About Becton Dickinson (BD)
BD, headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, is a medical
technology company that serves healthcare institutions, life science
researchers, clinical laboratories, industry and the general public.
BD manufactures and sells a broad range of medical supplies, devices,
laboratory equipment and diagnostic products.
The Microflex Corporation, headquartered in Reno, Nev., ranks
among the most respected medical exam and industrial glove providers
in the world, and is the leading supplier of latex and synthetic hand
protection to many professions. Microflex provides reliable, high
quality gloves and exceeds customer expectations by delivering
extraordinary service, product innovation and customer education.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, the largest provider of healthcare products and
services to office-based practitioners in the combined North American
and European markets, is recognized for its excellent customer service
and low prices. The Company serves more than 400,000 customers
worldwide, including dental practices and laboratories, physician
practices and veterinary clinics, as well as government and other
institutions. Henry Schein operates its four business groups--Dental,
Medical, International and Technology--through a centralized and
automated distribution network, which provides customers in more than
125 countries with a comprehensive selection of over 90,000 national
and Henry Schein private-brand products.
The Company also offers a wide range of innovative value-added
practice solutions, including such leading practice management
software systems as DENTRIX(R) and Easy Dental(R) for dental
practices, and AVImark(R) for veterinary clinics, which are installed
in over 50,000 practices; and ArubA(R), Henry Schein's electronic
catalog and ordering system.
Headquartered in Melville, New York, Henry Schein employs over
7,000 people in 16 countries. The Company's 2002 sales reached a
record $2.8 billion. For more information, visit the Henry Schein Web
site at www.henryschein.com.
CONTACT: Henry Schein, Inc., Melville
Susan Vassallo, 631-843-5562
SOURCE: Henry Schein, Inc.