Another wave of flu could hit, officials say

Mesa County health officials are still encouraging residents to obtain an H1N1 vaccination, advising they are concerned that virus activity could pick up again after a period of dormancy.

The county has reported 101 hospitalizations and one pediatric death related to influenza since Sept 1.

“Although H1N1 activity has peaked in Mesa County, there is concern that an additional wave of activity may occur,” said Michael Aduddell, director of the county Health Department.

Residents can obtain a swine-flu vaccination by:

Walking in without an appointment at the Health Department, 510 29 1/2 Road. Vaccines are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and on Wednesdays until 5:45 p.m.

Scheduling an appointment at Community Services West building in Fruita, 215 Plum St., between noon and 5 p.m. Wednesday. Call 248-6900.

The Health Department has both nasal and injectable H1N1 vaccines available at no charge. Limited doses of seasonal nasal vaccine cost $30 per dose.

Health officials say now is a good time for children to receive their second H1N1 vaccine dose. Children 9 years old and younger need to receive two doses of H1N1 vaccine at least 21 days apart.

Children who received their first vaccine on or prior to Dec. 31 are now eligible for the booster.


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