H1N1 Update and Appointment Info
Despite a Drop in Cases, H1N1 Rates Remain High in Spokane County - Vaccine Supply Improving Locally
New numbers show H1N1 illness remains at high levels in our region. Even though the number of H1N1 flu cases appears to be decreasing, SRHD warns that a potential resurgence of the virus could happen at any time this winter or spring.
The holiday season presents plenty of opportunity for the spread of viruses such as H1N1. Because the Health District does not know how H1N1 will continue to affect our community, the best defense now is to get vaccinated if you are in a priority group. Those who are not in a current priority group for the vaccine will have to wait a little longer. SRHD will make the vaccine available to non-priority groups as soon as there is an adequate supply. Until then, everyone is encouraged to wash their hands frequently, cover their coughs and sneezes and stay home when they are sick.
Vaccine continues to arrive weekly and is now available from many health care providers.
Public clinics in December will offer both versions of the H1N1 vaccine (injectable & nasal). Supply will be limited and you must schedule an appointment in advance.