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January 11, 2010

Leah Bucco-White, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9356,

Get Vaccinated Against H1N1 - For Yourself, For Your Family

It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week

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Lincoln – Did you know that 15 percent of the entire country has been infected with H1N1 flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?  That’s one in six people which means many of us are still susceptible. 

It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week, and H1N1 flu vaccine is available to everyone.  Health officials say if you haven’t gotten your H1N1 vaccine, the time to do it is now. 

“When it comes to what the H1N1 virus is going to do next, we face an uncertain future,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  “But what we do know is getting vaccinated now will help stop the spread of the virus in the months to come.”

H1N1 vaccine is safe and effective and helps protect you.  You aren’t likely to get sick from the virus if you’re vaccinated.  Staying healthy means you won’t infect your family or miss school, work or social functions.

Vaccine is open to everyone, but people in the following groups remain a priority:

  • 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

FluMist, the nasal spray flu vaccine, is also an option for healthy people 2 to 49 years old.

If you’re interested in H1N1 flu vaccine, contact your health care provider or local health department.  For a list of local health departments go to  

More vaccination questions?  Call 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