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More H1N1 Vaccine Arrives; Death Toll Continues

(SAN DIEGO) The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) reported yesterday that two additional people who tested positive for H1N1 have died. However, H1N1 has not yet been determined as the cause of death in those cases. One of the deceased, a 65-year-old female, had previous underlying medical conditions; the second victim, a 57-year-old-male, did not.

To date, San Diego County has had 673 hospitalizations related to H1N1 and 47 of those hospitalized have died, although only 40 of those individuals were San Diego County residents and the other seven were non-residents visiting our community.

H1N1 Vaccine Update

San Diego County has received an additional small shipment of H1N1 vaccine to distribute among its seven County clinics. Each of the immunization sites received an additional 1,000 doses of injectable vaccine for individuals four years of age and older, and 500 doses of nasal mist vaccine for healthy individuals, excluding pregnant women, between the ages of two and 49-years-old. Additionally, the County received approximately 23,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine for distribution to school-located clinics.

Despite the new shipment, County clinics are still operating with limited types and amounts of H1N1 vaccine and so the vaccine continues to be prioritized for groups of main concern set by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The priority groups are:

• Children and young adults 2 to 24 years old
• Adults 25 to 64-years-old with chronic medical conditions
• Household contacts (over 2 years of age) of infants less than 6 months old
• Health care workers

The vaccine is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

County residents are urged to call their regular medical provider to schedule an appointment for the H1N1 vaccine. Orders for private providers have been submitted to the state and are expected to arrive within the next seven to 21 days.

If your medical provider has not ordered H1N1 vaccine, and you are within the priority groups listed above, call 2-1-1 to check on vaccine availability at a County site. Hours of operations at County sites differ from location to location; please visit the H1N1 vaccine page for detailed information pertaining to each clinic.