WAPAKONETA — Following a local woman’s death from H1NI, health officials warn that the threat is still there and that getting the vaccine is the best protection.
“It is still out there and still circulating. People can still get sick from it,” said Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons. “The best thing people can do to protect themselves is to get the vaccine.”
A 59-year-old Wapakoneta woman died Jan. 29. Lab reports from the state showed she had H1N1, Parsons said. The health department knew she was being tested, but Parsons does not know who requested it. No specifics of the women’s health were being released. She is the first to die of the virus in Auglaize County.
Parsons said she fears that people are no longer worried about H1N1 as they were a few months ago. A recently released national survey showed that 59 percent of people think it is gone. The statistic concerns Parsons.
“We have not vaccinated as nearly as many people as we would like,” she said.
Parsons said there is plenty vaccine available at various locations for anyone who wants it. A clinic is scheduled for 3:30 to 6 p.m. today at Wapakoneta High School. Information is available at www.auglaizehealth.org. To register for the vaccine, go to www.flu.ohio.gov.