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posted on November 13, 2009 16:36

 

Idaho 2009 H1N1 Weekly Update: November 13
 
 
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.
 
People who are targeted for vaccination should not delay in getting the vaccine. Local Public Health Districts continue to hold vaccination clinics for the public and in schools around the state. Public health officials expect the 2009 H1N1 virus to continue circulating in Idaho communities for the next several months. It’s not too late to receive the H1N1 vaccine.
 
Infections: 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, 48 additional lab-confirmed infections have been reported, bringing the total confirmed cases since Sept. 1 to 742.
 
Deaths: H1N1 infections have contributed to the reported deaths of 13 Idahoans. Reports of additional deaths are under investigation to determine whether H1N1 is a factor. Health and Welfare will update www.panflu.idaho.gov with the number of reported lab-confirmed 2009 H1N1-associated deaths as those become available.
 
H1N1 Vaccine: As of November 12, Idaho has been allocated a total of 205,500 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, with new shipments arriving weekly. 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.)
For more information on H1N1, please visit www.panflu.idaho.gov.