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Maplewood- In an effort to encourage as many people as possible to be vaccinated against H1N1 influenza, Department of Health and Senior Services Deputy Commissioner Dr. Susan Walsh received the vaccine today during a
“Since the spread of H1N1 influenza is likely to continue, it is critical to remind residents of the importance of flu vaccination at a time when demand for the vaccine usually drops,” Dr. Walsh said. “Vaccination is the best tool we have to prevent influenza.”
“Influenza is unpredictable and there is a possibility of a future wave of H1N1 flu,” Dr. Walsh said. “Residents can protect themselves, their families and their community by getting vaccinated.”
The Department’s goal is to encourage as many residents as possible to get vaccinated against H1N1 influenza. To find the closest vaccination clinic and learn more about the H1N1 flu, Dr. Walsh encouraged people to visit www.nj.gov/health. The DHSS web site has two flu shot locators to help individuals find nearby flu clinics.
This week was designated National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination and to increase vaccination rates after the holiday season.
Influenza can lead to serious complications, especially in young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions.
Nationally, 47 million people have been infected with H1N1, 200,000 people have been hospitalized and more than 9,800 people died between mid-April and November 14, 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Vaccinations are recommended for all individuals who want to decrease the risk of influenza. More than 2.5 million doses of H1N1 vaccine have been shipped to
As part of this national observance, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services established a web site, www.flu.gov/getvaccinated, which lists events that will highlight National Influenza Vaccination Week.
For the latest information on H1N1 influenza in
The Department also has an H1N1 Information Hotline at 1-866-321-9571. Live operators are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week to answer questions regarding H1N1 influenza in
To view Governor Jon S. Corzine’s proclamation declaring Jan. 10-16 as National Influenza Vaccination Week in
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