National Influenza Vaccination Week is January 10-16, 2010 and the need for people to get immunized throughout the entire flu season is highlighted. Flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu and its potentially severe complications.
This has been an unusual flu season with circulation of the H1N1 flu virus. It is estimated that 47 million Americans have been infected with the H1N1 virus resulting in 213,000 hospitalizations and 9,820 deaths. There have been 280 pediatric deaths which is three times what is seen in a typical flu season. The H1N1 continues to hit children and young adults the hardest.
While the second wave of the H1N1 flu is waning, the future is uncertain and it is not known if there will be a thrid wave. So, if you have not already done so, take the time now to protect yourself and your family. The typical flu season ends in May so it is not too late.
At the present time there is plenty of vaccine, it is available to everyone, and it's a perfect time to get vaccinated. If more people get vaccinated, it is less likely the disease will spread in coming months.
The next scheduled clinic for anyone who wants the H1N1 vaccination is:
Wednesday, January 13
3:00 - 6:00 PM
Brown Deer Village Hall
4800 West Green Brook Drive
If your child is under the age of 10 and needs a second dose of H1N1 vaccine, please come to the above clinic if it has been at least 28 days since the first dose.
- If you have questions, please call the North Shore Health Department at 414-371-2980. Please do not call the clinic site.
- Vaccine is available for as long as supplies last. There is no cost for the H1N1 vaccine.
- Both injectable and nasal mist vaccine will be available. The Health Department will determine which vaccine is appropriate for the person getting immunized.
- A parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of 18.