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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2009

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H1N1 Flu Vaccine Arrives in Nebraska

Lincoln—The novel H1N1 flu vaccine has arrived in Nebraska, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

“We received notice from the Centers for Disease Control that 15 communities in the state are receiving vaccine today,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Division of Public Health. “That’s a little earlier than we expected and a very good development. More communities will be receiving vaccine as the week goes on.”

Nebraska’s level of flu is at widespread, with at least half of the regions of the state being impacted by H1N1, with increasing flu activity. It is the predominant virus right now, with almost no cases of the strains of seasonal flu.

“There are outbreaks all over the state, including the Panhandle, the central and southeast parts of the state,” Dr. Schaefer said. “This vaccine will be key to interrupting transmission of the virus and reducing the spread of illness.”

Over 6,100 doses of intranasal spray vaccine are being received today, with more expected as the week goes on. FluMist can be given to healthy individuals age 2-24. Children and young adults under the age of 24 are one of the priority groups to receive the vaccine.

The injectable form of H1N1 vaccine is being ordered and may be available later in the week. Pregnant women and some people with chronic underlying medical conditions, such as asthma, can only receive the injectable form of the vaccine.

Dr. Schaefer is urging everyone to be patient. More vaccine will become available over the coming weeks. In the meantime:

  • Wash your hands frequently or use antibacterial sanitizer.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay away from people who appear ill.

For more information about H1N1 go to the DHHS Web site at http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/

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