Friday, October 23, 2009

Mount Olive Township H1N1 Swine Flu

Mount Olive Township New Jersey
MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY - As Limited Amounts of H1N1 Vaccine are received by the Mount Olive Township Health Department, the department will be scheduling clinics for the groups at higher risk for complications from novel H1N1 Influenza.

Targeting healthy children and young adults 2–24 years of age, the first H1N1 Nasal Spray Vaccination clinic for the community will be held on October 29, 2009 from 4-7pm at the Senior Center. The vaccine will be offered on a first come basis as there is a limited amount. Please pre register for this clinic by calling the health department at (973)691-0900 x 7330.

This is a live attenuated vaccine is approved for people from 2 through 49 years of age who are not pregnant and do not have certain health conditions, asthma, heart, lung, kidney, liver disease, weakened immune system or allergic to eggs. The vaccine virus is attenuated (weakened) so it will not cause illness.

We ask that residents continue to remain patient as we wait for more vaccine. The health department has placed their order and is just awaiting delivery. There will be more clinics scheduled by the end of October, early November. Fortunately, there is still low influenza activity in Morris County.

Signs of H1N1 can include fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches, chills and sneezing. Most people feel better within a week although some people do develop pneumonia or other complications. If you have symptoms of influenza call your health care provider for the best medical guidance for you and your family.

To prevent the spread of illness and reduce the risk of getting sick the Mount Olive Health Department continues to recommend:
1. Washing your hands with soap and water thoroughly and frequently
2. Covering coughs and sneezes
3. Staying home when you are sick until the fever is gone for 24 hours
without taking fever reducing medications.

For more information go to the website, or call the New Jersey H1N1 Hotline at 1+(866)321-9571.

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