H1N1 Flu Vaccine Local Updates

Alicia Uleman, RN, displaying her supply of hand sanitizer, a handy container to keep on person for frequent use.

Take Care Private Duty Home Health Care and Take Care Advisor are following the H1N1 and flu news closely. We want to remind everyone to take the necessary precautions in preventing the spread of disease and germs through the following practices, courtesy of the Center for Disease Control:

  • Ask Your Doctor: Consult your primary care physician for flu shot recommendations. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent the flu.
  • Avoid Close Contact: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too.
  • Stay Home When You Are Sick: If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Cover Your Mouth & Nose: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Clean Your Hands: Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose, or Mouth: Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Practice Other Good Health Habits: Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

The Sarasota County Health Department received the first 2,100 doses of H1N1 (swine) flu nasal spray FluMistĀ® vaccine on October 9, 2009. According to the SCHD, quantity is limited, though weekly shipments are expected. “We are eagerly awaiting additional vaccine which should be available over the next few weeks,” said Chuck Henry, incident commander for the H1N1 vaccination response in Sarasota County. “After we meet the needs of those most at risk for complications from this virus, the vaccine will be available to all who desire this protection.”

Also from SCHD, “The nasal spray H1N1 FluMistĀ® vaccine, is an available alternative to the standard H1N1 flu shot. Since it is a live but weakened virus vaccine, it will be available only for healthy people ages 2 to 49. The initial vaccine supplies will be made available to private pediatrician practices. It will also be available to the Health Department’s pediatricians throughout the county.”

Visit the Sarasota County Health Department website for more information or the Florida Department of Health website or call 941.861.5000.

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