Still Time to Get H1N1 Flu Vaccine

Bay County – It is not too late to protect yourself against the H1N1 Flu by getting a vaccination.

There will be a H1N1 vaccination clinic Thursday, March 11, 2010 from 1:00pm until 7:00pm at the health department located at 597 W. 11th Street. No appointment is necessary and the vaccination is free. Parents of children ages 9 and younger are encouraged to bring their child to this clinic if they have not yet received their second H1N1 vaccination. The two doses should be given at least 28 days apart. The Department of Health recommends that everyone get vaccinated, even if they believe they have already contracted H1N1. Unless a person has had a laboratory confirmed case of H1N1, they cannot be certain they had H1N1.

Each week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzes information about influenza disease activity in the United States and publishes findings of key flu indicators in a report called FluView. During the week of February 21 -27, 2010, most key flu indicators remained about the same as during the previous week. Even though visits to doctors for influenza-like illness (ILI) decreased nationally, Region 4 reported elevated ILI. Region 4 is comprised of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity, caused by either 2009 H1N1 or seasonal flu viruses, may rise and fall, but is expected to continue for weeks. It is possible that the United States could experience another wave of flu activity caused by either 2009 H1N1 or seasonal influenza. CDC recommends influenza vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu. CDC is encouraging anyone who wants to protect themselves against 2009 H1N1 to get vaccinated.

According to a press release from the Bay County Health Department says, "Fighting H1N1 Flu is a three-step approach: 1) get a vaccination, 2) practice everyday prevention (including frequent hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home when sick), and 3) use antiviral drugs correctly if your health professional recommends them."

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  • by PhilipLans Location: Maiami on Apr 3, 2011 at 04:25 AM
    If you haven't heard, this year's seasonal flu vaccine contains the H1N1 virus--the same one as used in the 2009 H1N1 monovalent vaccine. I do not wish to have any flu shot period, but for those who only want the seasonal one, is it possible to get ONLY the seasonal flu vaccine WITHOUT H1N1? For some reason I am having trouble finding reliable sources for this information. Please share van roof racks if you have them. Thank you!
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  • by mike stephen Location: USA on Jul 4, 2010 at 10:48 PM
    This free clinics are good for all those who cannot afford to get this on week days. The weekend clinics act as a boon to them. Such clinics should also b ether for those who have pneumonia symptoms. This can also be very helpful for every one.
  • by sherlyn Location: Germany on Jun 27, 2010 at 01:24 AM
    Swine flu vaccine is available every where now. But there is also some bad effects of it. In some people, flu like symptoms developed after taking the vaccine shots. So it may be risky as well. But till now no vaccine has been developed of shingles contagiousdisease. Many people suffer from this every year but still the proper preventive methods are still to be taken of this.
  • by Julie33 Location: California on Apr 11, 2010 at 04:05 PM
    It is nice to know that swine flu vaccine is available almost in every state and town now. However not everything is so good now. There are some families that are against flu vaccinations and they don't want even to give it to their children. It means that immunized children must be together with non immunized at school. This situation can have some risk for sure. I am afraid of letting my child to visit the school because I can't feel safe while there are non immunized children there. Moreover parents can't act like that because children are too small to understand the possible consequences of this decision. They are happy that they don't have to visit a doctor, but people wake up. Just have a look how many innocent people have died from this flu. I would recommend if you feel some strep throat symptoms or other flu symptoms, be quick to visit the hospital. It is not too late to protect you and your family right now.
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