Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The Klickitat County Health Department has distributed a limited quantity of flu mist and injectable H1N1 vaccines to health clinics throughout the county over the last couple of weeks.
The production of the H1N1 vaccine has been slower than previously anticipated by national and state health authorities, but the vaccine will be more readily available in the coming weeks.
A seasonal flu vaccine will not protect people against 2009 H1N1 influenza, which is the only type of flu virus currently circulating throughout the United States.
Currently, health care providers will give the available H1N1 vaccinations to Klickitat County residents that are considered high risk.
The Klickitat County Health Department encourages residents who are considered high risk to talk with their health care provider about receiving an H1N1 vaccination.
The H1N1 vaccination is voluntary. Adults who want the vaccine will need one dose; children will need two. The seasonal flu and the H1N1 vaccines may be given on the same day.
The Klickitat County Health Department recommends basic health practices to help prevent the H1N1 flu, including covering your coughs and sneezes; washing your hands often with soap and water; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; avoid close contact with people who are sick; and if you are sick with flu-like symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.