Are you a member of a high risk group for H1N1 complications?
There's been a lot of talk this year about making sure you get your seasonal and novel H1N1 flu vaccine if you belong to a "high risk" group. This may have caused some worry on your part, if you belong to one of these groups. These "high risk" groups include:
- Pregnant women
- Children 6 months to 2 years of age
- Adults 65 years of age or older
- Persons with these medical conditions: asthma, kidney disorders, liver disorders, metabolic disorders, chronic lung disease, heart disease, blood disorders and weakened immune systems
The 75th Medical Group Immunization Clinic has the seasonal vaccine for all populations and the novel H1N1 vaccine for high risk patients. At the moment, the novel H1N1 vaccine is reserved for deploying personnel, pregnant women and children from 6 months to 2 years of age who are TriCare beneficiaries. Off base, both Davis County and Weber County are now offering H1N1 vaccine to the general public, regardless of "high risk" factors.
Information regarding the times and locations of flu vaccine clinics in Davis and Weber County can be found at the Davis County Health Department Web site:
If at this point you have not received either the seasonal or the novel H1N1 vaccine and you start to exhibit flu like symptoms, there are a few important things you should do.
You should stay home and stay away from others until 24 hours after your fever breaks. If you come down with the flu and begin to experience any of the signs or symptoms listed below, call your provider immediately. They may want to see you and could recommend antiviral medication at that time.
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- A high fever that is not responding to Tylenol
- Decreased or no movement of your child
For more information, call the 75th MDG Public Health Office at (801) 777-4514.