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Addressing Public Concerns

November 20, 2009

Local health departments are currently addressing the ongoing concerns from the public on H1N1 influenza. Concerned citizens are searching for the critical answers to their questions on vaccine prevention and vaccination, including costs, safety, and availability of the H1N1(A) Vaccine. In response, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed information and tools for the public. The information below was provided by the CDC.

People recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to receive the vaccine as soon possible include: healthcare workers; pregnant women; people ages 25 through 64 with chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes; anyone from six months through 24 years of age; and people living with or caring for infants under six months old.

A Web site that has the latest updates on the H1N1 flu is FLU.gov. On this site, you can find information on "How to Prevent and Treat the Flu," "Flu Essentials"  and "Why the H1N1 Vaccine Is Safe and Recommended by Health Experts."

To look up where vaccinations are available in your state, visit the "Vaccine Locator." This information is updated regularly as more doses are shipped each week. An additional resource is the CDC-INFO National Contact Center, 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636), which offers services in English and Spanish, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Heard a rumor? Visit "Myths & Facts" to run a fact check.

Please share this information to your family, friends, co-workers, and networks today. Let’s work together to help keep our communities safe and healthy.


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