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posted on January 11, 2010 09:16

 

Idaho 2009 H1N1 Weekly Update: January 7
 
It’s easier than ever to protect yourself and your loved ones from H1N1 influenza. More and more pharmacies throughout the state are offering the H1N1 vaccine, and private providers and local health districts are continuing to offer the vaccine by appointment and in clinics.
 
Those interested in receiving the vaccine can check www.flu.gov for information about pharmacies in their area offering H1N1 vaccine. People can also call their health care provider or access local public health district web sites at www.panflu.idaho.gov for information about H1N1 vaccine availability.
 
Influenza activity has significantly decreased in the past few weeks, but public health officials are cautioning Idahoans not to become complacent. Flu season often peaks in February, making now a good time to seek out the H1N1 vaccine.
 
A national poll shows only 22 percent of adults targeted to receive the H1N1 flu vaccine have received it so far. With vaccine widely available, public health officials say now is the time for people with chronic health conditions to get vaccinated.
 
National data shows that asthma and other chronic lung diseases are the primary underlying conditions among people hospitalized with severe H1N1 infections. Many people might not realize that having asthma puts them at greater risk. It’s important for all adults with chronic health conditions to protect themselves by getting vaccinated as soon as possible.
 
Second dose for children: Parents are reminded that children six months through 9 years of age need two doses of vaccine about a month apart to be protected against illness. Infants less than 6 months of age cannot receive the vaccine. Help protect infants you are around by getting vaccinated now.
 
H1N1 Vaccine: As of January 6, Idaho has distributed 556,200 doses of 2009 H1N1 vaccine.
 
Confirmed cases and hospitalizations: Since Sept. 1, there have 824 laboratory-confirmed H1N1 cases reported in Idaho. A total of 382 influenza-related hospitalizations have been reported since Sept. 1.
 
Deaths: H1N1 infections have contributed to the reported deaths of 22 Idahoans. Reports of additional deaths are under investigation. For more information on H1N1, please visit www.panflu.idaho.gov.