www.co.hunterdon.nj.us | Department of Health | 2009 Public Information & Notices
Updated 09/11/2009

HUNTERDON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
PO Box 2900
Flemington, New Jersey 08822
908-788-1351
For more information contact Carl Rachel, Public Relations Director

Update on Seasonal Flu Shots & H1N1 Swine Flu Shots

Seasonal flu vaccine is available to all Hunterdon County residents. Later in October, when we receive vaccine for H1N1 swine flu, it will first be offered to the most vulnerable groups identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Understandably these groups — who have increased risks for serious influenza-related complications — are a top priority for getting the H1N1 influenza vaccine. They include:

  • All persons 6 months through 24 years of age
  • People living with or caring for children younger than 6 months of age
  • All pregnant women
  • People aged 25-65 who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from flu.

Current studies indicate that the risks for infection among persons age 65 and older are less than the risks for the younger age groups. After these vulnerable groups are offered H1N1 flu vaccine, and upon the county health department receiving additional vaccine, H1N1 flu shots will then be available to residents countywide.

It’s important to remember: The H1N1 influenza vaccine is different from the seasonal flu vaccine. Protection from each separate flu requires its own vaccine. The H1N1 vaccine does not replace getting a seasonal flu shot. Likewise, a seasonal flu shot does not protect you from the H1N1 flu virus.

You Can Help Reduce Spread of Flu by:

  • Covering your coughs and sneezes
  • Washing your hands with soap and water

 

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www.co.hunterdon.nj.us | Department of Health | 2009 Public Information & Notices