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Posted on: December 23, 2009

[ARCHIVED] Still Important To Vaccinate To Stay Healthy

H1N1 vaccinations continue to be available to all Iowa residents. Allocations of H1N1 vaccine have increased statewide; this makes it possible to expand those eligible to be vaccinated past the initial target priority groups to the general population.

Influenza activity continues to decrease; however, H1N1 is still circulating in Dubuque County and throughout Iowa. Public health officials predict another wave of H1N1 illness will occur after the holidays, coinciding with what is typically the time Iowa sees the highest rates of seasonal flu activity - January and February.

“Being immunized as soon as possible will give Dubuque County residents protection against this possible third wave of H1N1 illness”, said Dr. John Viner, M.D. “It will also prevent the spread of the virus to others.”

Local healthcare providers continue to offer H1N1 vaccine to their patients. Vaccination clinics are also held on Mondays and Fridays at the Dubuque VNA, 1454 Iowa St.; Call 556-6200 for an appointment. Walk-in clinics are held each Wednesday afternoon at Crescent Community Health Center, 1798 Elm Street; no appointment necessary. Both clinics are free.

A statewide toll-free hotline has been established for public questions about seasonal and H1N1 influenza, at 1-800-447-1985.


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