HEALTHBEAT In defense of flu shots
The assumption has long been that the influenza vaccine works well to prevent flu and that everyone who's eligible to get vaccinated should do so. Thus it was rather a shock when a new study, publishe... Posted on 12/7/11 at 1:30 PM
You could best describe the arrival of H1N1 vaccine in our community by saying that it is “trickling” in at a very slow rate. Although Douglas County has received very small amounts of H1N1 vaccine, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has provided very specific guidance as to which individuals are to receive these initial doses of vaccine, those being individuals considered to be at the very highest risk of complications from the H1N1 virus.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has issued updated recommendations for handling influenza-like illness in child care settings and early childhood education programs that serve children younger than the age of 5.
Minnesotans seeking seasonal flu shots who find their health care provider is temporarily out of vaccine should not be discouraged, state health officials say, but should keep checking with their provider to see when more will be available.
School has begun for the year and as predicted, students are becoming ill with influenza-like illness and parents are wondering what to do.
Influenza does affect the schools every year, noted Douglas County Public Health officials.
A resurgence in a childhood infectious disease Hib has prompted state health officials to obtain additional vaccine and urge parents to make sure infants are getting the recommended primary series of three doses of Hib vaccine.
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