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December 22, 2009

Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047,


H1N1 Death of Washington County Resident

Lincoln—A Washington County woman in her sixties has died from H1N1, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.  She had health conditions, such as asthma and diabetes, which put her at risk of serious consequences from the illness.

State statutes preclude the Department from releasing any other details about the woman.

“A death of a loved one during this holiday season is especially hard on the family,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Division of Public Health. “My sympathies are with them.”

This is the 14th death from H1N1 that has occurred in Nebraska since the virus began spreading in the United States in April.

While flu cases appear to be on the wane, nationally and in Nebraska, flu hospitalizations and deaths are still above what is normally expected at this time of year.

“Unfortunately, this death shows us that, although the level of flu is low, H1N1 is still here in the Midlands and makes the case for vaccinations,” Dr. Schaefer said.  “Vaccination is still the best way to avoid getting the virus.”

The H1N1 vaccine is available to the general public through health care providers and pharmacies and through public clinics sponsored by local health departments.  To find a nearby clinic, go to

For more information, contact the DHHS Flu Information Hotline at 1-888-541-5668 or 402-471-2579.  Specialists are available to answer questions Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST.  You can also visit the DHHS Web site at

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