State public health director
urges people to be patient -- H1N1 vaccine is coming
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[October 28, 2009]
SPRINGFIELD -- Dr. Damon T.
Arnold, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, is
urging Illinoisans to be patient in getting the H1N1 vaccine. Due to
slower-than-anticipated production, there is currently a limited
supply of the H1N1 vaccine nationwide. However, manufacturers
continue to produce the vaccine as quickly as possible, and supplies
are expected to increase throughout November and December.
"Illinois will continue to receive additional shipments of the H1N1
vaccine, so there will be enough vaccine for everyone," Arnold said.
"Certain people are at higher risk of complications due to the 2009
H1N1 flu and others work with populations at risk of complications,
so we ask you to consider allowing these people to receive their
H1N1 flu vaccination first. Again, additional doses of the H1N1
vaccine will be delivered to providers over the coming weeks and
months, so there will be enough vaccine to go around. In the
meantime, we ask that you be patient and take everyday preventive
actions to stay healthy -- follow the three ‘C's': clean, cover and
The H1N1 vaccine is being delivered
directly to local health departments and hospitals across Illinois,
outside Chicago (Chicago receives its own supply), to begin
vaccinating the following priority populations designated by the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age.
Health care and
emergency medical services personnel.
All people from 6
months through 24 years of age.
People age 25-64 years who have health
conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications
Children younger than 10 years should
receive two doses of 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine. This is slightly
different from CDC's recommendations for seasonal influenza
vaccination, which state that children younger than 9 who are being
vaccinated against influenza for the first time need to receive two
doses. Infants younger than 6 months of age are too young to get the
2009 H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines.
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"We encourage people to get the H1N1 vaccine for themselves and
their families when it becomes available, even if that means waiting
until later in the season," Arnold said. "Since we expect to see the
H1N1 virus continue to circulate throughout the winter and into next
spring, it won't be too late to get the H1N1 vaccine in the coming
Both the nasal spray and injectable form of the vaccine are
available. For a list of public H1N1 vaccination sites and clinic
times, as well as additional information on the 2009 H1N1 flu, go to
For nonmedical questions about the H1N1 virus, call the Illinois
Flu Hotline at 866-848-2094 or, for Spanish, 866-241-2138.
To stay healthy and limit the spread
of flu, follow the three "C's":
your hands frequently to prevent the spread of germs.
COVER -- Your
cough and sneeze with a tissue or sleeve, not your hand.
CONTAIN -- Contain your germs. Stay
home if you are sick.
Illinois Department of Public Health
file received from the
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]