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Learn general information about 2009 H1N1 Flu.
H1N1 Vaccine at National Jewish Health (11/20/09)
We expect to receive another shipment of H1N1 vaccine during the week of November 23rd. Our initial focus will be to vaccinate healthcare workers at National Jewish Health followed by high-risk pediatric patients. As we receive additional doses in the coming weeks, we will make available vaccine for high-risk adult patient groups.
H1N1 Diagnostic Test (11/4/09)
National Jewish Health is now offering a molecular test for the pandemic 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus (H1N1/09), that provides results within 24 hours. The test, offered by the Advanced Diagnostic Laboratories (ADx) at National Jewish Health, makes H1N1/09 testing broadly available to physicians and their patients. It can help physicians determine appropriate treatment for their patients and provide peace of mind for patients who want to know if they have the H1N1/09, or "swine," flu. Read the full press release.
H1N1 Vaccine at National Jewish Health (11/4/09)
We have received small doses of the H1N1 vaccine but are now vaccinating only healthcare workers with direct patient contact. We expect more vaccine to be arriving in the coming weeks and will be contacting patients as vaccine becomes available.
Find a clinic in your area that offers the seasonal and H1N1 vaccines.
Asthma and H1N1 (11/2/09)
Anyone with asthma is at a higher risk for flu-related complications. The following are some precautions to take if you have asthma:
Everyone with asthma who is aged 6 months through 64 years should get the 2009 H1N1 flu shot when it becomes available. The 2009 H1N1 flu shot is not the same as the shot for seasonal flu.
If you have asthma, you should follow an updated, written Asthma Action Plan, developed with your doctor. And if your child has asthma, you should be sure his or her Asthma Action Plan is on file with the school.
If you take a controller medication for your asthma, be sure to take this medication as prescribed, even if you're feeling fine. Do not skip a dose.
If you have asthma and get sick with H1N1, notify your doctor immediately. It is better to start antiviral treatment sooner rather than later to reduce chances of complications.
Forty-Seven States Reporting Widespread Influenza Activity (10/16/09)
According to the CDC, forty-seven states are reporting widespread influenza activity at this time. They are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. This many reports of widespread activity are unprecedented during seasonal flu.
H1N1 Vaccine (10/6/09)
National Jewish Health recommends that all eligible people receive the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine. According to the CDC, data from the ongoing clinical trials of the vaccine indicate it is just as safe as the regular seasonal flu vaccine.
The nasal spray version of the vaccine is being distributed this week across the country. National Jewish Health will not be administering the nasal spray vaccine due to concerns of reactions with people who have asthma, people with immune deficiencies, and those with other underlying medical conditions.
The CDC expects the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine to have a similar safety profile as seasonal flu vaccines, which have a very good safety track record. The most common side effects following flu vaccinations are mild, such as soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given. The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be closely monitoring for any signs that the vaccine is causing unexpected adverse events and we will work with state and local health officials to investigate any unusual events.
For more on the safety of the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine, please visit the CDC website.
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