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As H1N1 Flu Activity Increases, Cattaraugus County Health Department Urges Residents to Stay Home When Sick, Follow Other Preventive Measures
Larger Supplies of Vaccine Expected to be Available by Mid-November
With cases of H1N1 flu increasing and not enough vaccine to meet current needs, the Cattaraugus County Health Department (CCHD) is urging residents to stay home if they are sick and follow other preventive measures to limit the spread of the flu.
Update: November 5, 2009 - Machias and Salamanca H1N1 PODs have been Postponed!
Update: Machias and Olean Locations have changed!
All scheduled PODS (Points of Dispensing) are subject to H1N1 Vaccine availability. Meaning IF vaccine does not arrive, clinics may have to be re-scheduled.
For those in priority groups only!
- Pregnant women
Do you have H1N1 Vaccine? Yes, we have limited supplies of vaccine and are currently dispensing the vaccine to individuals that are in the 5 priority groups as defined by the CDC.
What are those priority groups? Pregnant women, household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age, healthcare and emergency medical services personnel, anyone from 6 months through 24 years of age, persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions such as chronic lung, heart, kidney, liver, blood, etc.
SEASONAL FLU VACCINE
NOTE: Your own doctor may be your best option for getting seasonal flu vaccine. Many health care providers have received supplies of seasonal flu vaccine, while other providers are still waiting to receive their vaccines. Providers will continue to receive vaccines in the coming weeks, and vaccination for seasonal flu will continue through November and December, in time to provide protection against the seasonal flu.
The Cattaraugus County Health Department announced today that it has not yet received additional seasonal influenza vaccine. Individuals are advised that they may be innoculated with seasonal vaccine as late as December or even January with great effectiveness. Peak for influenza activity tends to be in February. Many local providers are also experiencing vaccine supply delays.
Regarding H1N1 vaccine, residents can and may receive this vaccine prior to seasonal influenza vaccine.
The Cattaraugus County Health Department announced today that additional supplies of Seasonal Influenza vaccine are expected to arrive at any time. Several Clinics were provided to the public in the month of September, however, until the next shipment of vaccine arrives, the Health Department strongly encourages those who have not yet received their seasonal vaccine, to contact their own medical providers.
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Update October 1, 2009: The clinics are being postponed due to the fact that the Health Department's total supply of Influenza Vaccine has not been received. The additional supply of vaccine should be received next week and clinics will be rescheduled immediately.