Josephine County Public Health continues to receive on-going shipments of the H1N1 vaccine. Josephine County Public Health is holding on to approximately 30% of each shipment for public vaccination clinics, and re-distributing 70% of the doses to local health care providers. Check back frequently for H1N1 flu vaccination clinics at the health department, or check with your local health care provider for vaccine availability. Vaccine doses available through the health department are of the inactive, injectable kind suitable for both children and adults.
To date, Josephine County Public Health has distributed the doses to those providers and agencies dealing with populations identified as priority by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), or those that work directly on the front line with H1N1 such as hospital staff or
As outlined by the CDC, those priority groups are:
The Josephine County Health Department strongly urges those citizens falling within the priority group to contact their local health provider to see if the vaccine is available (through their local health care provider) and to schedule an appointment for vaccination. Josephine County Public Health continues to follow CDC guidelines in recommending that all people within the priority group get vaccinated against H1N1 at their earliest possible convenience. Pregnant women are especially urged to get vaccinated against H1N1 as they currently represent a disproportionate number of cases requiring hospitalization.
Additional shipments of the H1N1 vaccine are expected in the coming weeks, and currently the Josephine County Health Department is averaging one new shipment of H1N1 vaccine per week. As more vaccine becomes available, Josephine County Public Health will continue working with providers to distribute the vaccine where needed within the community.
Vaccine production and distribution is also taking longer than originally planned. “Vaccine production is pretty complex, and is taking longer than we would hope,” sated Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s
In the meantime, the Josephine County Health Department strongly urges all people to continue following the basic guidelines for combating H1N1, which include practicing social distancing (stay home when you are sick), frequent washing of hands, covering your cough and sneeze, staying hydrated and getting plenty of rest. Josephine County Health Department is also asking local business to not require at this time a doctor’s note in order to return to work.
Vaccine Q & A
Q: If a person is over 65 but has chronic health conditions, would they be in the priority group for the H1N1 vaccine?
A:According to the CDC, that person would not be in the initial priority group. We anticipate that soon there will be enough vaccine for everyone who wants it.
Q: Can a person get the seasonal and H1N1 vaccines the same day?
A: Yes, unless they wish to get both vaccines in live attenuated form. They can have one live attenuated vaccination and one injectable vaccination, or they could have two injectable vaccines doses.
Q: If a person has had the flu should they still get vaccinated?
A: Yes. Unless the person has had a PCR test specific for H1N1 there is no way to verify what strain of the flu they had.
Q: If a person has used antiviral medications within the last 14 days, should they get a flu vaccine?
A: If a person has used antiviral medications within the last 14 days, they should receive the injectable flu vaccine (H1N1 or seasonal); not the live attenuated form.
You are encouraged to get your seasonal flu vaccination as early as possible. That vaccine is available now. This will give you protection from those three strains of flu and will help your health care provider make a diagnosis and provide treatment should you become ill.
For more information on the H1N1 flu vaccine and priority target groups, please visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/ and click on either Vaccination Q & A or Latest Vaccine Recommendations. For further information or questions, contact the Josephine County Public Health Department at 474-5325.