As soon as vaccine arrives, it is put to use
Even as the H1N1 virus is spreading throughout the Hudson area, St. Croix County DHHS-Public Health says they are committed to dispensing the H1N1 vaccine as soon as it arrives.
On Monday, health officer Wendy Kramer said, "Our original planning was based on the model that there would be ample supplies of vaccine for early mass dispensing. Planning has shifted from large school or mass clinics to distributing the vaccine from the health department as it arrives. We will not stockpile vaccine."
This adjustment in planning supports community mitigation efforts that stretch the outbreak peak over a longer period of time, reducing the amount of illness and minimizing the burden on health care systems, businesses, schools and others.
DHHS wants the public to understand the following:
Nasal vaccine only
As of Tuesday, DHHS has only the nasal form of the H1N1 vaccine and is able to vaccinate the following:
Scheduled clinic days for this week are Wednesday and Thursday from 1-7 p.m. at the St. Croix County Health and Human Services Building, Public Health Offices, 1447 N. Fourth St., New Richmond. No appointments are necessary.
According to information posted on the Hudson School District Web site, schools are experiencing an increase in the number of students who have the H1N1 virus but not so many that it warrants school closings.
Planned school immunization clinics have been delayed due to lack of available vaccine. Information specific to Hudson schools and H1N1 is available at the district's Web site at www.hudson.k12.wi.us.