The Allen County Health Department has just finished a successful series of H1N1 vaccination clinics for students. Through these clinics, we reached 5,000 students, an important step in protecting our community and vulnerable populations. This would not have been possible without the help and support of the community.
Many thanks are in order for these school-based clinics: the staff at the schools who made all the arrangements before we even arrived; the staff and parent volunteers who helped set up the rooms and helped direct people; school administrators who shared information with students and fielded calls from parents; and parents and students themselves for taking the time to get vaccinated.
We also want to thank members of the community who have waited patiently for their turn to get the vaccine while we concentrated our limited resources on those at highest risk from the H1N1 virus.
At this point, H1N1 vaccine supply is more plentiful and it is available to anyone who wants to be vaccinated. We donít know if we will have a future wave of H1N1 illness in the coming months as some experts predict. What we do know is that vaccine is the best protection against the flu. Call 419-228-INFO if you still want an H1N1 flu shot.
In closing, what else can we do to stay healthy? Important things you have heard before: thorough hand washing and covering those coughs and sneezes. Letís all make disease prevention a real priority for 2010.
David L. Rosebrock is Allen County health commissioner.