Tuesday, December 8, 2009

H1N1 Flu Information - Chester County

Chester County Health Department

UPDATE - December 8, 2009

We are scheduling small clinics for the week of December 16th. We are also scheduling clinics for January 2010. Please call 610-344-5353 to schedule an appointment Monday-Friday 9am - 4pm. Anyone over the age of 3 years is eligible to receive the vaccine.

Download consent forms at website

All clinics will be held at the Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester. Directions available at website.

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Seasonal Flu Information

Protect Yourself

Get vaccinated

Vaccination is the best protection against getting the flu. You need two vaccines to be fully protected this year - the seasonal flu vaccine and the H1N1 flu vaccine. Use the flu clinic locator or check this website often for updates on the availability of both seasonal and H1N1 vaccine.
The seasonal flu vaccine is not expected to protect against H1N1 flu and H1N1 vaccine is not intended to protect against seasonal flu. Each protects against a different virus and is intended to be used along-side the other. Get both!

Wash your Hands

Wash your hands often with soap and water.
Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
Take the handwashing quiz now!
Cover your Cough
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve.
Put used tissues in a waste basket.


H1N1 causes symptoms similar to seasonal flu and can include:

*Fever over 100°F
Sore throat
Runny or stuffy nose
Body aches
And in some cases:

* Not everyone with flu will have a fever.

People infected with H1N1 are contagious for one day before getting sick, and up to seven days after that. This time period can be even longer in children and people with weakened immune systems.

The Chester County Health Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Health caution anyone with the above symptoms to stay at home (except to get medical care) until at least 24 hours after the fever ends naturally (without the use of fever-reducing medication). Do not attempt to go to school or work. Doing so could spread the virus to those who are otherwise well.


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