Tuesday, 28 November 2023

REGIONAL: Number of H1N1 cases grows in Mendocino County

MENDOCINO COUNTY – Mendocino County health officials are reporting a growing number of H1N1 flu virus cases.

The Mendocino County Public Health Department is reporting a total of 12 cases in that county, with one new hospitalized patient in stable condition. Six other patients who previously were hospitalized have been released.

Lake County has so far reported one case, as Lake County News has reported.

The Centers for Disease Control is reporting a total of 43,771 cases in the United States and its territories, and 302 deaths. In California, there have been 3,161 cases and 52 deaths.

The H1N1 influenza virus will continue to cause mild to severe illness throughout the summer and into the annual flu season, officials reported.

A vaccine for the virus currently is under development.

On Wednesday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met to make recommendations for the vaccine's use when it becomes available, and to determine which groups of the population should be prioritized if the vaccine is initially available in extremely limited quantities.

The committee recommended the vaccination efforts focus on five key populations: pregnant women; people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age; health care and emergency services personnel; persons between the ages of 6 months through 24 years of age; and people from ages 25 through 64 years who are at higher risk for novel H1N1 because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems.

Those groups total approximately 159 million people in the United States.

The novel H1N1 vaccine is not intended to replace the seasonal flu vaccine. It is intended to be used alongside seasonal flu vaccine to protect people.

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