The Estill County Health Department wants all residents to know that they are working with all community partners to try and lessen the impact of H1N1 on the community. In doing so guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) must be followed.
The health department will have an H1N1 Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, Nov. 14 starting at 8 a.m. at the Estill County Middle School. This clinic will be open to people in priority groups as determined by the CDC and the KDPH. The target groups are pregnant women, household contacts and caregivers of children younger than 6 months of age (example: parents, siblings, and daycare providers), people from 6 months through 24 years of age, health care and emergency medical services personnel, people 25 through 64 years who have medical conditions associated with a higher risk of influenza complications.
If you do not fall into one of these target groups this clinic is not for you.
The health department will schedule additional clinics as vaccine arrives and will continue to follow recommendations of the CDC and KDPH as they change.
Things you can do to help prevent the spread of H1N1:
•Practicing GOOD hand washing habits (If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub)
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
•Avoid close contact with those who are ill
•Cover your cough
Those sick with flu-like illness should stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine (except to get medical care).
Health department administrator Tim Gould said all type A flu is assumed to be H1N1 but that particular strain is only being tested for in people who have been targeted as high risk.
“What makes H1N1 different from the flu we normally get is that it seems to cause more respiratory problems,” Candie Rader said. “Another difference is the suddenness of an onslaught. And a fever that sometimes spikes.”
Other than that H1N1 causes the same symptoms of other flus such as body aches.
Gould suggest that the public take all precautions to keep from contracting the illness.
“But if you get it, rest in bed and drink plenty of fluids,” Rader said.”We are working, planning and doing everything we can for mitigation.”
The amount of vaccine the county will get and when they will get it is up to the KDPH.
“We don’t have any control over that but we will give out all that we receive,” Gould said.
The Kentucky Department for Public Health has set up an H1N1 Public Information Phone Line that can be reached at 877-843-7727 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.