October 20, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

H1N1 Vaccine Program Receives Third Shipment

A third shipment of H1N1 vaccine has been distributed to partners serving the initial priority group. The shipment contained –

“We anticipate weekly shipments will continue to arrive,” says assistant director of health Clay Goddard, “but information about when or how much vaccine we will receive has been coming at the last minute. We ask the public to be patient as we continue to work to get this vaccine out to them as safely and as efficiently as possible.”

So far nearly 3,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine have been administered in Greene County.

Flu cases continue to increase, as well, with 179 cases reported last week, up from 94 the week before. This leaves a total of 408 cases of flu since August 31, 2009, more than the total number of flu cases in Greene County during the 2008-2009 flu season. Most of those impacted in Greene County have been children age 5 – 14.

The public information call center will be open through Friday from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm to answer H1N1 and seasonal flu questions. Please call 829-6200.  Volunteers are needed to help field the hundreds of calls from the public. Those who are interested in volunteering should fill out an application at www.beacommunityhero.com.

For more information on how to protect against seasonal flu and H1N1, visit www.fightthefluMO.com or call the health department’s automated information line at 417-864-1166.

Media contact: Jaci McReynolds, Public Information Administrator, (417) 874-1205 office, (417) 830-9511 cell

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