National Influenza Vaccination Week Schedule of Events


Ravenholt Public Health Center 625 Shadow Lane

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

7 January, 2010

Since its emergence in April, the H1N1 influenza strain is the dominant flu virus seen across the country and in Southern Nevada. This fall, there were more than 3,400 lab-confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza.

Seasonal and H1N1 influenza vaccinations are especially recommended for health care workers, people who live with or care for babies younger than six months old, anyone with a compromised immune system or a chronic medical condition and pregnant women. In addition, younger people were included in the initial priority groups as people younger than 25 are particularly susceptible to becoming more seriously ill when they are infected.

The Southern Nevada Health District has inhaled and injectable doses of vaccine available. The inhaled vaccine is approved for healthy people between the ages of 2 and 49, who are not pregnant.

“The inhaled vaccine is an excellent immunization that has been administered to the public for several years as a seasonal flu vaccine. Since we began to offer H1N1 vaccine, we have administered more than 100,000 doses, including 50,000 doses of the intranasal vaccine,” said Sands.

The Southern Nevada Health District’s public health centers are located:

  • Ravenholt Public Health Center, 625 Shadow Lane, Las Vegas
  • East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 560 N. Nellis Blvd., Suite E12, Las Vegas
  • Henderson Public Health Center, 520 E. Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson
  • North Las Vegas Public Health Center, 1820 E. Lake Mead Blvd., Suite F, North Las Vegas

Monday, January 11, 2010
Flu information will be available throughout the week for clients. Materials include seasonal flu recommendations and “Is it a cold of the flu” handouts.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Children receiving vaccine will receive a flu coloring book, a childhood immunization schedule and stickers.

Thursday, January 14, 2010
Health care workers receiving vaccine will be provided with informational materials including recommended vaccinations for health care providers, adult immunization record, and pneumonia vaccination guidelines.

Friday, January 15, 2010
Seniors attending the clinic will receive materials with recommendations for seniors, interactive games and prizes and a pneumonia vaccine guide.

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