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October 21, 2009

Limited Supply of H1N1 Flu Vaccine for Weekend PODs

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) will open its two Ada County Points of Dispensing (POD) locations as planned Saturday October 24th at 10:00 a.m. However, planners warn that the vaccine will be in extremely short supply and that only Priority Group members will be served. Planners estimate there will be roughly 2500 doses of H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine available between the two PODs. There will be more nasal spray than injectable vaccine available, which will further limit who will be able to get a vaccination.

Yesterday CDHD announced a narrowing of the definition of Priority Groups based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionís (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). ACIP set forth guidelines for when vaccine is in short supply to target those individuals most susceptible to serious illness from the flu. The groups include:

  • pregnant women,
  • people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age,
  • health care and emergency medical services personnel with direct patient contact (i.e. diagnosing and treating patients with flu-like illness),
  • children 6 months through 4 years of age, and
  • children 5 through 18 years of age who have chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, lung or heart disease, chronic liver or kidney disease, or are immune-compromised because of cancer treatment or HIV.

Those not fitting into the Priority Groups will be turned away.

Ada County Point of Dispensing (POD) locations Ė open from 10:00 a.m. until vaccine supply is exhausted:

  • The former K-Mart store - 1001 Park Center Blvd., Boise
  • The former Comp USA store - 1195 N Milwaukee St., Boise

CDHD, like all other health districts, receives vaccine based on population. Every health agency tasked with dispensing H1N1 flu vaccine is experiencing greater demand than there is supply.

CDHD, like all other health agencies around the country, must adjust its plans for distributing the vaccine because of a smaller supply than what was originally projected.

CDHD is reserving another 2500 doses of flu vaccine for administration next week to high priority groups in the three other counties it serves; Elmore, Boise and Valley counties. Ada County school-based vaccination efforts have been suspended for now, but may resume when there is a better supply of vaccine.

Central District Health continues to get shipments of H1N1 flu vaccine every week and will eventually be able to serve everyone who wants to protect themselves against this new variety of the flu. We urge the public to be patient and to follow a few simple steps to avoid getting and spreading flu viruses:

  • Washing your hands often and well. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water arenít available.
  • Staying home from work, school or child care when youíre sick.
  • Coughing or sneezing into your sleeve/elbow and not into your hands if you donít have a tissue. If you do sneeze into your hands, wash them well immediately after.
  • Disposing of used tissues promptly in the trash.
  • Not sharing food, utensils or beverages with others.
  • Avoiding close contact with sick people.
  • Always following doctorís instructions and taking medicine as prescribed.

For more information on the flu please visit the CDHD website at www.cdhd.idaho.gov or call the CDHD Flu Hotline at 321-2222.

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