H1N1 Vaccine Clinic (FluMist Only) Set for Healthy 2-4 Year Olds in Clay County
The Clay County Public Health Center announced today that an H1N1 vaccination clinic will be held on Wednesday, October 21 at their office at 800 Haines Drive in Liberty. THIS CLINIC WILL ONLY BE FOR HEALTHY 2-4 year old children and only the FluMist (nasal spray) will be used. The clinic will begin at 5:00 pm and will run until 8:00 pm OR as long as supplies last. No appointments are necessary and children will be vaccinated on a first come first served basis. Children in this age group will need to return for a second vaccination in 4 weeks. There is no charge for the vaccination.
Parents may download the patient health assessment and vaccine information statements forms from the www.clayhealth.com (H1N1 Information) website and have them completed prior to coming to the health center.
Citizens of Clay County Public Health Informational update on H1N1Flu
Clay County Public Health Center continues to work closely with federal, state and local public health agencies to track the progress and severity of H1N1 flu, a non-seasonal variety of flu that has spread across the globe. We receive daily updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Current evidence suggests that if a person tests positive for Influenza A, there is a high probability the virus is H1N1 and recovery typically occurs without complications in the majority of people. We have had many confirmed cases in Clay County and expect this trend to continue throughout this cold and flu season. Unfortunately we have had our first confirmed H1N1 death in a Clay County resident.
Almost two thousand seasonal flu shots have already been given by the health center to date. However at this time we are out of seasonal flu vaccine at the health center. We do not expect another shipment until November and will announce additional clinic dates when the vaccine arrives. There are also many public and private providers who offer seasonal flu shots. Please visit www.preparemetrokc.org to find out more about any locations still offering seasonal flu shots or contact us here at the health center.
The following is a summary list of what we currently know about H1N1:
• Current evidence suggests that H1N1 is not mutating into a more serious and deadly virus. • The seasonal flu vaccine will not protect you from H1N1 flu. People will need a separate vaccination for H1N1.
The H1N1 vaccine should begin to be available in the middle of October.
• The CDC is urging the majority of people with flu symptoms to avoid going to doctors or hospital emergency rooms to prevent the facilities from being swamped.
• According to Dr Thomas Frieden, Director of the CDC, “The overwhelming majority of people (with H1N1 flu) are going to do fine, they don’t need testing. They don’t need treatment.” Patients who report Influenza like illnesses to their provider are currently recommended to be screened for Influenza A. If positive for Influenza A, current evidence suggests that there is a high probability the virus is H1N1 and recovery typically occurs without complications. Therefore the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services discontinued offering testing specifically for the H1N1 virus.
• However children and adults with underlying medical conditions, and pregnant women, should seek treatment when a fever from the flu develops. And early treatment is best, because antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu are most effective when given in the early stages of the infection. Please see below for the complete list of currently identified high risk categories.
• Recently released findings indicate that those at the highest risk for severe illness from H1N1 are pregnant women and children aged 5-18 years old with underlying health problems, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and neurodevelopmental disorders.
• High-risk groups are recommended to be immunized against bacterial pneumonia, which can prevent some of the complications of flu. Consult with your physician on whether or not this is appropriate for you.
Although everyone should take both the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu seriously, the currently identified CDC High Risk categories for H1N1 continue to be:
• Pregnant women because they are at higher risk of complications and can potentially provide protection to infants who cannot be vaccinated; • Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age because younger infants are at higher risk of influenza-related complications and cannot be vaccinated. Vaccination of those in close contact with infants younger than 6 months old might help protect infants by “cocooning” them from the virus;
• Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel because infections among healthcare workers have been reported and this can be a potential source of infection for vulnerable patients. Also, increased absenteeism in this population could reduce healthcare system capacity;
• All people from 6 months through 24 years of age
• Children from 6 months through 18 years of age because cases of 2009 H1N1 influenza have been seen in children who are in close contact with each other in school and day care settings, which increases the likelihood of disease spread, and
• Young adults 19 through 24 years of age because many cases of 2009 H1N1 influenza have been seen in these healthy young adults and they often live, work, and study in close proximity, and they are a frequently mobile population; and, • Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza.
Informational links on H1N1
Clay County Public Health Center strongly recommends:
• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water
• Cough or sneeze into your sleeve
• Get plenty of rest and eat the right foods
• Avoid crowded rooms/spaces if possible
• Stay home from work and school IF you or your family is sick. People with influenza-like illness should remain at home (except when necessary to seek required medical care) until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100° F [37.8°C]) or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications This is to keep from infecting others and spreading the virus further. If you are suffering from severe like flu symptoms including difficulty in breathing call your physician.
• Questions about the flu can also be directed to our office via 816-595-4256.
Clay County Public Health Center 800 Haines Drive Liberty, MO 64068
Phone: 816.595.4200 FAX: 816.595.4201