January 9, 2010
County offering H1N1 clinics
The Cortland County Health Department is offering more free H1N1 flu vaccination clinics next week.
The clinics will be 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, both at Room B-16 of the County Office Building on Central Avenue.
Next week is National Influenza Vaccination Week. Gov. David Paterson urged New Yorkers to get the vaccination, which is now available in pharmacies.
The county Health Department has been offering flu vaccinations in schools and at the office building, giving priority to the most vulnerable groups: pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months old, health care and emergency medical services personnel, people age 6 months to 24 years old, and people up to age 64 who are at higher risk due to chronic health problems or compromised immune systems.
Several rounds of clinics have been held in recent weeks, but the number of inoculations given was not immediately available Friday afternoon from the Health Department.
Health officials across the U.S. have been encouraging people to get the vaccine, since declaring a pandemic last fall.
“Demand for flu shots usually drops after the holidays, but that’s the time when flu activity often ramps up,” said state Health Commissioner Richard Daines in a news release. “Many people have traveled to enjoy time off with family and friends, and are now confined in closer quarters, at work, in classrooms or on college campuses, where it is easier for the flu virus to spread.”
The state Health Department has allocated more than 5.2 million vaccine doses for New York residents outside New York City, and expects about 500,000 doses to be shipped to upstate counties next week.
The vaccine is also available through physicians, hospitals and other health care centers.
The entire state has received more than 7 million doses from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Tompkins Cortland Community College health officials have said they expect cases to rise this spring. College students are at risk because of their living situations, being close together in classrooms and often becoming fatigued as they do without sleep.
Local superintendents of schools have continued to monitor school districts.
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