H1N1 Influenza Vaccine Information

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT OCTOBER 22, 2009

Day Kimball Healthcare’s physician practices, as well as many private practices in the area, are receiving a limited number of doses for the H1N1 influenza vaccine on a periodic basis. The initial doses are being offered only to those patients at highest risk for complications and hospitalization from the infection. Other population groups will be added when additional vaccine supplies are available. Therefore, please be assured that eventually everyone will be offered the vaccine after the priority groups are vaccinated.

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended “Initial Target Groups” for persons at greatest risk of serious illness from this flu infection. However, they further identified a “Subset of Initial Target Groups” if the initial supplies of vaccines are limited.

Because the H1N1 influenza vaccine currently is available only in limited quantities, Day Kimball Healthcare physicians are strictly adhering to the ACIP recommendations to vaccinate the Subset of Initial Target Groups at this time as follows (order of target groups does not indicate priority):

  • Pregnant women
  • Persons who live with or provide care for infants younger than 6 months (e.g., parents, siblings and daycare providers)
  • Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel who have direct contact with patients or infectious material
  • Children aged 6 months through 4 years
  • Children and adolescents aged 5 through 18 years who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications

As H1N1 influenza vaccine availability increases, vaccination programs will be expanded to include all members of the Initial Target Groups (order of target groups does not indicate priority):

  • Pregnant women
  • Persons who live with or provide care for infants younger than 6 months (e.g., parents, siblings and daycare providers)
  • Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
  • Children and young adults aged 6 months through 24 years
  • Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications

Vaccination of other adult populations is recommended as vaccine availability increases.

Please note that the Day Kimball Hospital emergency room will not be giving the vaccine.

Please keep in touch with your primary care provider to determine when the vaccine will be available through his or her office. You may also visit the Northeast District Department of Health’s website at www.nddh.org for a schedule of public health H1N1 flu vaccine clinics. For additional H1N1 information, including helpful tips for preventing and spreading the flu, please visit our website at www.daykimball.org and the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu.

Thank you for your patience and understanding; we are working very hard to keep our community healthy.
 

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Mae Wolslegel, DO

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