Despite a drop in cases, H1N1 rates remain high in Spokane County - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Despite a drop in cases, H1N1 rates remain high in Spokane County

SPOKANE, Wash. - New numbers show the H1N1 illness remains at high levels in our region.  Even though the number of H1N1 flu cases appears to be decreasing, the SRHD warns that a potential resurgence of the virus could happen at any time this winter or spring.

H1N1 Vaccination Priority Groups...
>Pregnant women

>People who live with or care for infants younger than six months old

>Healthcare and emergency medical workers

>Anyone from six months to 24 years of age

>People from 25 to 64 years of age with a chronic health condition

The holiday season presents plenty of opportunity for the spread of viruses such as H1N1.

The Health District does not know how H1N1 will continue to affect our community and the best defense now is to get vaccinated if you are in a priority group. 

Those who are not in a current priority group for the vaccine will have to wait a little longer. The SRHD will make the vaccine available to non-priority groups as soon as there is an adequate supply. 

Until then, everyone is encouraged to wash their hands frequently, cover their coughs and sneezes and stay home when they are sick.

Vaccine continues to arrive weekly and is now available from many healthcare providers. Public clinics in December will offer both versions of the H1N1 vaccine (injectable & nasal).  Supply will be limited and you must schedule an appointment in  advance.  December clinics are as follows:

  • December 1, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Spokane Valley Partners
  • December 2, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. West Central Community Center
  • December 8, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  East Central Community Center
  • December 10, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Northeast Community Center

- Spokane Regional Health District

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