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December 21, 2009

Marla Augustine, Communication and Legislative Services, 402-471-4047,


H1N1 Flu Vaccine Opens to General Public Today

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Lincoln –  The wait is over.  Starting today, H1N1 vaccine is available to everyone, and the state’s chief medical officer is encouraging Nebraskans to get vaccinated.

“We can’t predict what the H1N1 virus is going to do next,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.  “But what we do know is getting vaccinated will help stop the spread of the virus in the months to come.”

Nebraska is seeing a decline in H1N1 flu activity.  State health officials say this is a window of opportunity for more people to be vaccinated.  Vaccinating high-risk people also remains a priority.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following priority groups be vaccinated:

  • Anyone 6 months-24 years old
  • Pregnant women
  • People who live with or care for babies 6 months old and younger
  • Health care and emergency medical services personnel
  • People 25-64 years old with underlying medical conditions, like heart disease or asthma

Anyone interested in H1N1 flu vaccine should contact his/her health care provider or local health department.  For a list of local health departments go to

More vaccination questions?  Contact your local health department or the DHHS Flu Information Hotline at 1-888-541-5668 or 402-471-2579.  Specialists are available to assist you Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central time.  For more flu information, visit the DHHS Web site at