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posted on October 14, 2009 11:57

 

Idaho 2009 H1N1 Weekly Update: October 14
 
Reports of influenza like illnesses are widespread throughout the state. This coincides with the national report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in which most states are reporting widespread activity.
 
Infections and Hospitalizations: Only a small portion of people infected with influenza are tested and receive laboratory confirmation. The Idaho Bureau of Laboratories is only testing people who are hospitalized or high-risk for flu complications, although private labs are submitting results for positive cases. Lab confirmed reports are an indicator of flu activity, but portray only a fraction of total infections. Keeping that in mind, the overall number of laboratory-confirmed infections continues to increase, along with the number of people hospitalized for H1N1 infections.  During the past week, 100 additional laboratory confirmed infections have been reported, with 27 hospitalizations during the week.
 
Deaths: H1N1 infections have contributed to the deaths of four Idahoans. One of those deaths was reported during the last week, a CanyonCounty woman in her 50s. All four victims had underlying health conditions.  
 
H1N1 Vaccine: As of October 14th, Idaho has been allocated a total of 58,000 doses* of 2009 H1N1 vaccine. Initial shipments are being distributed directly to full-service hospitals, community health centers and local public health districts. Idaho’s allotment is being distributed statewide on a population basis. Initial vaccination opportunities may begin during the next two weeks, with several local Public Health Districts planning school clinics for children. People should check with their local Public Health District’s website, or call their Health District for clinic information and site locations. (*Vaccine allocation numbers can change daily; allotments by the CDC are made on a day-to-day basis.)
 
Recommendations:
· With widespread flu activity, people with mild illnesses are urged not to visit hospital emergency rooms. Emergency room resources should only be used for people suffering severe symptoms or other health emergency.
·  People with flu symptoms are urged to help protect other people by going home and staying home until fever subsides for at least 24 hours.
School closures are reported to the Idaho Department of Education. For information on school closures, contact Department of Education public information officer Melissa McGrath at 332-6818. For more information on H1N1, please visit www.panflu.idaho.gov.