Middlesex County Resident Dies From Swine Flu

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STATE—The Department of Health and Senior Services reported two recent H1N1 flu deaths today.

A 53-year-old male from Middlesex County, who had no underlying medical conditions, was hospitalized on Nov. 16 and died on Nov. 22. A 73-year-old male from Hudson County, who had underlying medical conditions, was hospitalized on Nov. 6 and died Nov. 11.

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Including these deaths, a total of 13 New Jersey H1N1 deaths have been reported to the federal Centers for Disease Control since Sept. 1, 2009. There were 18 deaths reported to the CDC during last spring’s H1N1 outbreak.

Currently, there is widespread influenza-like activity in New Jersey, which signifies there is flu activity in virtually every county in the state.

Vaccine continues to arrive in New Jersey in limited shipments. The federal government has assured state health officials that they will be able to produce and distribute enough vaccine for everyone who wants it.

However, with limited vaccine available at this time, health officials are targeting the individuals most susceptible to H1N1 flu.

These priority groups include:
• Pregnant women
• Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age
• Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
• All people from 6 months through 24 years of age
• Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza.

The DHSS website has two flu shot locators to help individuals find public health clinics that are being planned and will be announced when vaccine is available, as well as to find clinics with scheduled dates.

State health officials also advise individuals to contact your physician, community health center, local pharmacy, local or county health department, hospital or school. Many doctors, health clinics and schools are providing vaccine to their patients and students, while local health departments, pharmacies and some hospitals are offering clinics to the public.

Flu vaccination information is also available from New Jersey’s H1N1 Information Hotline, 1-866-321-9571.


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