It's still not too late to get a swine-flu (H1N1) vaccination. For more information regarding the vaccination see http://cdhd.idaho.gov/pdfs/php/H1N1/vis-inact-h1n1.pdf.
The Idaho Central District Health advises:
While the number of people getting flu vaccinations has been unprecedented this flu season, most Idahoans still haven’t gotten the H1N1 flu vaccine. Availability has never been better, with more than 550,000 doses of the vaccine distributed in Idaho. Idahoans who have not been vaccinated now have a window of opportunity to protect themselves and their loved ones against the disease.
The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is making vaccine available to the general public through appointments at all three of its offices in Boise, Mountain Home and McCall. Call the CDHD Flu Hotline 321-2222 (800-962-2343) to make an appointment or for more information. Teams of nurses will continue to vaccinate students in the Boise and Meridian schools through the rest of January and into February. And thousands of doses of vaccine have been distributed to physicians and area pharmacies throughout CDHD’s four county area.
One of the main goals of National Influenza Vaccination Week is to engage those at-risk of serious flu complications, those hesitant about vaccination and those unsure of where to get vaccinated. To that end, who needs the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine? Simply put, just about everyone. More specifically, these groups:
General Public and Health Care Workers
Now that there are ample supplies of vaccine and it is available to everyone over the age of six months, the general public and health care workers should take the opportunity to reduce their risk of getting the flu and giving it to others.
People with Chronic Health Conditions
People of all ages with chronic health conditions are at higher risk of serious complications of the flu. Such health conditions include asthma, diabetes, heart disease, kidney and liver disorders, neurological disorders, blood disorders, cancer, HIV or AIDS, and others. The flu can make these health problems worse.
People with high risk conditions, ages 25 through 64 years of age have been hit especially hard by 2009 H1N1. A large majority of serious infections and deaths have occurred in this group. It’s important that those who fall within this high risk group, or those with a high risk condition listed above, get vaccinated this year.
Pregnant Women, Children, and Caregivers of Children less than 6 Months Old
A pregnant woman who gets flu has a greater chance for serious problems and even death from influenza. Vaccinating the mother during pregnancy can reduce the risk of influenza for her and for her baby.
Children of all ages are at increased risk of influenza illness, especially children under the age of 2 and children of any age who have chronic health conditions like asthma, neurological conditions, heart disease or diabetes.
Household contacts and caregivers of children 6 months and younger are strongly recommended to receive the 2009 H1N1 vaccine because these children are not old enough to receive the vaccine and could become very sick if they get the flu. The best way to protect these children is to make sure that their caregivers and other adults and children who live with them get vaccinated.
The 2009 H1N1 virus targets many of the same high risk groups as seasonal flu. However, unlike seasonal flu, the 2009 H1N1 virus has also spread quickly among young adults ages 19 to 24 years. Young adults have been hit extremely hard by 2009 H1N1 this year. Since many young adults are regularly around a large variety of people, whether it’s their families, workplace, or classrooms, they are more likely to expose themselves and their loved ones to this virus. Vaccination is not only important for their health, but also for those around them.
Older Americans are now recommended to receive the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine. While older people are thought to be less likely to be infected with the 2009 H1N1 virus compared to younger persons, there have been severe infections and deaths from 2009 H1N1 in every age group, including people 65 and older.
For more information about National Influenza Vaccination Week and how you can get involved in this event, visit the NIVW website.
For more information about the flu clinics and other services of CDHD visit www.cdhd.idaho.gov. or call the CDHD Flu Hotline 321-2222.
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