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From: Milwaukee Health Department
MHD has identified an increase in the number of hospitalizations due to 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) virus. Since September 1, 2009 there have been 36 hospitalizations reported in Milwaukee County - -18 of them occurred within the last week. [November 2nd, 2009]
From: Wisconsin Department of Health Services (www.pandemic.wisconsin.gov)
Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that flu activity is now widespread in 46 states. Visits to doctors for influenza-like-illness are increasing steeply and are now higher than what is seen at the peak of many regular flu seasons. In addition, flu-related hospitalizations and deaths continue to go up nation-wide and are above what is expected for this time of year. In Wisconsin, activity is widespread with H1N1 cases being reported in 65 of the 72 counties.
On October 27th, DHS issued guidance to local health departments and health professionals asking them to target H1N1 vaccine for a subset of individuals most-at-risk during the next several weeks as the vaccine supply continues to fluctuate (detailed list provided below in the H1N1 Vaccine section). DHS has also requested that, beginning next week, public and private health care providers refrain from mass public vaccination clinics, unless they are targeted at those most at risk.
H1N1 vaccine is being provided for free from the federal government, and DHS strongly advises that anyone within the target group who presents to a provider for an H1N1 vaccine be immunized on-site, rather then being referred elsewhere. In addition, DHS has directed local health departments to vaccinate anyone within the newly-designated target group, regardless of that individual’s city or county of residence. Local health departments are receiving federal funding for administering the vaccine and should not turn away anyone in the target group.
The CDC continues to stress there will be adequate supplies of H1N1 vaccine available for everyone who wants it, but it will take a longer time than previously projected for adequate supplies to become available.
A variety of schools districts across the state are reporting limited school closures, which are posted online at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) website at http://dpi.wi.gov/sspw/pandemicflu.html.
People are encouraged to follow good hygiene precautions such as hand washing, covering their cough/sneeze with their sleeve or a tissue, and staying home when ill. Call your health care provider first to determine if you should be seen by your local physician or if you should go to the ER/urgent care for treatment.
For national information, please visit: www.flu.gov
For international information, please visit: www.who.int
Symptoms of Flu
All types of flu can cause
- Coughing and/or sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Headaches and/or body aches
H1N1 causes the same symptoms as seasonal flu, but symptoms may be more severe. In addition to the above symptoms, a number of H1N1 flu cases reported:
If you have these symptoms stay home and away from others until at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines. Expect to be sick for up to 7 days, even if antivirals are used.
Check with your health care provider about any special care you might need related to pregnancy or chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma or emphysema.
For more information about symptoms and recommendations for prevention and treatment of the flu, please visit: