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Seasonal flu vaccine now available at SEUDH

The Southeastern Utah District Health Department announces seasonal flu vaccine is available at all their offices and according to David Cunningham, Health Officer/Director.

People need to protect not just themselves, but others by getting the vaccine now. Cunningham said the health department is starting its seasonal flu vaccination clinics about a month earlier than in previous years.

"The vaccine manufacturers purposely finished up production and distribution of this year's seasonal flu vaccine so that it could be provided to the public ahead of when the H1N1 (Swine) flu vaccine would be available in later October and during November."

Who should receive the H1N1 vaccine and when and where the vaccine will be available will be publicly announced during October, Cunningham said.

Besides the seasonal flu vaccine Cunningham reminds everyone to practice good hygiene throughout the entire flu season to reduce the risk of getting sick, such as:

Cover mouths and noses with disposable tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw away the tissue.

Wash hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Stay away from other people when you are sick.

The people recommended for the seasonal flu vaccination during the 2009-10 flu season include:

Children aged 6 months up to age 19.

Pregnant women.

People 50 years of age and older.

People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (heart disease; kidney disease; lung diseases like asthma; metabolic diseases like diabetes; blood disorders like anemia; a weakened immune system caused, for example, by cancer or cancer treatment, HIV/AIDS, or steroid therapy; or certain conditions such as neuromuscular disorders that can cause breathing problems).

People who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities.

People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from the flu, including health care workers.

Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu.

Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated).

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