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Pierce County H1N1 flu vaccine distribution tops 238,000 in 2009

December 28, 2009

More than 238,000 H1N1 flu doses were distributed for vaccination during 2009 in response to the swine flu outbreak that started last spring.

Director of Health Dr. Anthony Chen said the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department approved 238,290 vaccine doses for shipment throughout the county by the Washington State Department of Health. Of that number TPCHD's vaccine office distributed 37,406 doses. The remainder was sent directly from DOH to health care providers, pharmacies and other retail stores.

In contrast to earlier in the year, H1N1 vaccine is in good supply and the Health Department encourages everyone to be vaccinated. Available vaccination clinics can be found at www.tpchd.org.

Upcoming free H1N1 vaccination opportunities:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 29 and Wednesday, Dec. 30 from 10 am to 1 pm and 2 to 6 pm at Bridge Children's Health Center East Wing. Open to all people 6 months of age or older.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 30 from 10 am to 6 pm in the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department auditorium, 3629 South D Street, Tacoma. Subsequent clinics are scheduled at the same time and location each Wednesday until further notice.

H1N1 by the numbers:

  • Deaths: Pierce County, 11; Washington state, 65; U.S., 10,000.
  • Ill: Pierce County, 120,000; U.S., 50 million. 

How to prevent H1N1 flu:
  • Vaccination
  • Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze (or cough/sneeze into your elbow).
  • Clean routinely frequently touched surfaces such as shared phones and keyboards.
Contact:

Dick Ferguson, Media Relations, 253-377-3215 or dferguson@tpchd.org

Eileen Finnigan, H1N1 spokesperson, 253-377-5314 or efinnigan@tpchd.org.


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