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Information on 2009 H1N1 Flu

September 17, 2009

| TACOMA | Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has prevention and response plans for H1N1 (swine) flu.

The Department expects to receive more than half a million doses of H1N1 vaccine. Healthcare providers and pharmacies will be able to get vaccine. They will be able to get vaccine directly from Washington State Department of Health, or from Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. High-risk groups will be vaccinated first.

High-risk groups include:
  • Pregnant women

  • Caregivers for children under the age of 6 months

  • Healthcare or emergency workers

  • Children or adults between the age of 6 months and 24 years

  • Persons between the ages of 25 and 64 years who has a chronic condition such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or an immune disorder

The Health Department is working with healthcare providers, pharmacies and schools to make vaccine easily available. Get your seasonal flu shot NOW. Talk with your provider or pharmacist to schedule your H1N1 flu shot.

What you can do to prevent flu:
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  • Use alcohol-based hand gel (at least 60% alcohol), when soap and water are not available

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or the inside of your elbow

  • Stay home when you're sick with a fever, AND a cough or sore throat

  • Get your seasonal flu shot NOW

  • Get your H1N1 (swine flu) shot this fall?especially if you are at risk for complications

Check our H1N1 webpage regularly for the most up-to-date information.

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