National Influenza Vaccination Week
January 11, 2010
It's Not Too Late to Vaccinate!
The Fairfax County Health Department is now offering daily H1N1 vaccination clinics and encourages everyone who has not yet received H1N1 vaccine to get vaccinated as soon as possible. National Influenza Vaccination Week, January 10-16, 2010, is an opportunity for the Health Department to remind everyone that the H1N1 flu is a serious disease and vaccination is your best protection.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between mid-April and November 14, 2009, 47 million people in the United States were infected with the 2009 H1N1 flu, more than 200,000 people were hospitalized, and over 9,800 people died.
"Despite the decline in the number of influenza cases, influenza is unpredictable and flu activity can rise and fall throughout the season," says Gloria Addo-Ayensu, MD, MPH, Fairfax County Director of Health. "Influenza activity typically peaks in February so it's not too late to get vaccinated."
H1N1 vaccine is now widely available and free of charge at health department district offices. For information about H1N1 clinic hours of operation and locations visit the county flu information page or call the Fairfax County H1N1 call center at 703-267-3511 - TTY 711.