STATE—New Jersey reported two new H1N1-related deaths to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week.
• A 58-year-old Morris County female with underlying medical conditions. She was hospitalized on Dec. 9, 2009, and died the next day.
• A 24-year-old Middlesex female with underlying conditions. She was hospitalized on Dec. 31, 2009 and died Jan. 6, 2010.
To date, a total of 24 H1N1 deaths have been reported since Sept. 1, 2009. There were 18 deaths reported to the CDC during last spring’s H1N1 outbreak.
More than 2.5 million doses of H1N1 vaccine have been shipped to providers. Because of a significant increase of vaccine availability in New Jersey, the state Department of Health and Senior Services has recommended that providers offer H1N1 vaccine to the general public. Many public health agencies have begun to hold or are planning clinics for the general public.
For more information about H1N1 flu or to locate a vaccination clinic, call the state’s H1N1 Information Hotline: 1-866-321-9571.
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