Thursday December 10th             Saturday December 12th             Tuesday December 15th
2-6 p.m.                                       9 a.m. – 1 p.m.                                        2-6 p.m.
                                             (Downtown Location)                    (Downtown Location)                     (East Side Location)
 
The CDC has recommended that vaccinations should first target five groups who have been most vulnerable to infection and complications from infection from the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus:
  • Women who are pregnant
  • Parents & caregivers of children ages 6 months and younger
  • Everyone ages 6 months - 24 years
  • Persons age 25-64 who have health conditions associated with a   higher risk of medical complications from influenza: asthma, diabetes, heart disease
  • Health care and emergency medical services personnel
Although it is not possible to predict influenza incidence or consequences over the months ahead, it can be useful to be aware of the experiences from prior influenza pandemics. Thus far, the current pandemic has been similar in a number of ways to the 1957-58 pandemic. In that pandemic, as with now, there was a large surge of cases at the beginning of school year (Sept. and Oct.), followed by a decline of cases. This decline was then followed by a substantial increase in the number of severe illnesses over the winter of ’57-58.
“Influenza is unpredictable, and vaccination is the best defense. We continue to encourage residents to guard against influenza in all its forms by getting vaccinated and following the 3 C’s: Clean your hands, Cover your cough andContain your germs by staying home if you are sick,” said Mike Bacon, Public Health Administrator.
 
“The Health Department has administered nearly 16,000 doses through clinics so far this season. The department has also provided 5,000 doses to hospitals and physicians offices. The latest shipment of 10,000 doses will allow us to complete the first round of the school vaccination campaign. Additionally, the Department is scheduling more clinics for the remainder of December and January that will include weekly vaccination locations on the west side, northern area of the county, and east side for more convenient access,” added Mike Bacon. For more information on H1N1, please visit our website at www.wchd.org or call us at 815-720-4000.
 
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