New awareness campaign for the H1N1 vaccine

Posted by: Sherri Burnett-James - bio | email

ATLANTA, GA (WSFA) -  To prevent further spread of the H1N1 virus in the new year, health officials have launched a new campaign to encourage the public to get vaccinated. New public service announcements will air on television and radio informing the public about the vaccine and its benefits.

Another ten million vaccines are to be in circulation soon. This proves necessary as the death toll from the virus has risen in Alabama . So far, 36 people have been claimed by the flu. That's an average of one to two deaths a week.

Currently, the Alabama's State Health Department is vaccinating kindergarten thru third graders with parental consent. The state receives about 100-thosand doses of the vaccine a week.

Remember the folks that are at greater risk of contracting the virus are:

  • six months to 24-year-olds
  • 25 to 64-year-olds with health conditions
  • health care workers
  • pregnant women

Manufacturers are making about 10-million new doses a week, which means it could be Spring before there is enough for everyone.

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