CDC Guidelines Dictate County’s Use of Limited Vaccine

College Students, Non-immunocompromised Children and Health Care workers First to Get Vaccine 

The limited quantities of H1N1 influenza vaccine thus far received in Oneida County have been distributed according to strict priority guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health, County health officials said today. 

“To date, the Oneida County Health Department has received a total of 900 doses of H1N1 flu vaccine,” said Dr. Daniel W. Gilmore, Acting Director of Health. Gilmore added, “The number includes 500 doses of the nasal spray form of the vaccine and 400 doses of adult injectable vaccine.”
The nasal spray vaccine is recommended for persons 2 years to 49 years of age with healthy immune systems and much of it has been distributed through the County’s health clinics and at two Point of Distribution (POD) clinics at MVCC’s Utica and Rome Campuses. In addition, 100 doses of the nasal spray was given to St. Elizabeth Medical Center for use at that facility. Health Department personnel and adults 18 years to 64 years of age have been administered the H1N1 shots at regularly scheduled immunization clinics at the County’s two  
clinic facilities in Utica and Rome. The Health Department expects additional vaccine within two weeks.
The health department continues to monitor ‘influenza like illnesses’ in the county and schedule influenza seminars among area schools. One such program will be held on Tuesday, November 3rd for all area school nurses with a series of school programs beginning the following night. These programs are intended to educate parents of school aged children with the novel H1N1 influenza, maximize immunization efforts as vaccine becomes available, and to discuss steps that can be taken to limit the spread of the virus within the schools.    
The Oneida County Health Department is planning to hold a series of immunization clinics for the public once the vaccine becomes more plentiful. The public is urged to practice proper respiratory hygiene, covering all coughs and sneezes with the bend of their arm or a tissue, avoid persons with flu-like illness, stay home if you exhibit flu symptoms, and remain home for at least 24 hours after fever has subsided without the help of fever reducing medications..  
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