Now you try!

Write your own text messages for on-the-go, strategic, intimate, and security texters. Pretend the latest flu epidemic has escalated, and your health department has decided to hold a mass vaccination clinic. The clinic will be open at 7 a.m. on Friday, and you want to let the people in your community know about it. What will you text based on each type of texter?

Select a type of texter below and type your message into the text box for that type. Remember to watch your character count! Your remaining characters will be displayed below the text box. Click the Send button to compare your message with ours.

On-The-Go Texter


On-the-go texters have busy lifestyles, and they use texting to keep themselves organized.

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Strategic Texter


Strategic texters use the technology when they can't have a long conversation, but they don't want to depend on it too much.

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Intimate Texter


Intimate texters use the technology to maintain relationships with close friends and family members.

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Security Texter


Security know texting is private and reliable, and they use it to communicate from a distance and to avoid difficult social situations.

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Now try working with more information. Read this press release and try to condense your information using 160 characters or fewer. In some cases, you can use a link, but you should try working without one. Remember—not everyone has a smart phone!

Press Release Text

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You will learn more about protected health information in the next section on Legal & Security.


Press Release

Free whooping cough booster shots for adults without insurance

Monday, May 7, 2012

Free clinic on Saturday, May 12, 2012

Vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others—including babies—during the ongoing whooping cough (pertussis) epidemic, so Public Health - Seattle & King County and Group Health Cooperative are partnering to provide free whooping cough booster shots for adults. Adults without health insurance and those who cannot afford to pay can get a free booster on Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Group Health Burien Medical Center.

Young infants are at highest risk for severe illness, hospitalization and death from whooping cough. In older children and adults, the severity of whooping cough can range from a serious illness to less severe cold-like symptoms. However, the greater danger is that adults can spread the infection to infants, pregnant women and others who have no protection.

Health officials urge all adults, especially those who have contact with infants, children and pregnant women, to make sure they have had their whooping cough vaccination.

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012

Time: The clinic is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or until there is no more vaccine available.

Location: Group Health Burien Medical Center
140 SW 146th St
Burien WA, 98116

Vaccines are also available at many local pharmacies and through health care providers.

The number of whooping cough cases in King County continues to rise, with 187 cases confirmed so far in 2012. With the ongoing whooping cough epidemic in our state, the risk of getting infected is high and will likely remain high for several more months.

Learn more about how immunizations can save lives.