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Three West Central Health District counties receive Novel Flu Shot

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News release from the West Central Health District

The West Central Health District Announces 3 of the 16 county Health Departments have received H1N1 Novel Flu Shot Vaccine for High Priority Risk Groups

The West Central Health District-- Muscogee, Macon, and Taylor Health Departments have acquired a smaller than expected number of doses of the inactivated virus form of the Novel H1N1 influenza vaccine.

Due to the limited number of vaccines currently available, county health departments in the West Central Health District will initially only vaccinate the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) priority groups.  These include:

œ             Pregnant women

œ             People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months

of age

œ             Health care and emergency medical services personnel with direct

patient contact

œ             All people 6 months through 24 years of age

     o        Children 6 months through 18 years of age

     o        Young Adults 19 - 24 years of age

œ             Persons aged 25 through 64 years of age who have health

conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza.

As more vaccine becomes available to the public these priority groups will be modified.

Health Department officials will be contacting the State of Georgia to determine when the other 13 county health departments will receive their initial shipment and then determine if it will be necessary to transport doses of the initial supply to those counties who have not yet received their supply in our health district. 

Therefore, the inactived virus form of the vaccine will be available to the public in all 16 county health departments in the West Central Health District beginning Wednesday, November 4, 2009 during normal health department hours.  Officials recommend calling your health department to confirm availability.

You can decrease your chances of getting the flu by frequently washing your hands and avoiding touching your nose, eyes, and mouth. You should also cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing and stay home from work or school when you are sick.