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H1N1 No Longer a Concern

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

This time last year health officials were busy formulating a vaccine to fight the H1N1 virus, and now those vaccines are expiring and will soon be destroyed.

Back in the fall, lines to get the vaccination sometimes seemed never-ending.

This particular strain of flu spread quickly, especially among young children.

Health officials warned another round of H1N1 could break out earlier this spring, but they say vaccinations, along with educating the public likely played a role in preventing that from happening.

"I think there was so much attention to the vaccine and to the literature that was distributed at the time and the message that was distributed, that it did help prevent it," Dr. Kathleen Meckstroth said.

Dr. Meckstroth says the Washington County Health Department alone gave about 9,000 H1N1 vaccinations. That's triple the amount of seasonal flu shots given in a normal year.


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