MESSAGE FROM CONGRESSMAN STENY H. HOYER H1N1 – KEY INFORMATION FOR PREPARATION AND PREVENTION
Congressman Hoyer joins Maryland Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary John Colmers for an H1N1 flu briefing.
In addition to the standard measures we take every year to prepare for and prevent the spread of seasonal influenza, we face a unique flu challenge this year with the H1N1 virus. Since the initial outbreak of H1N1, our nation’s public health officials have taken proactive steps to ensure the public was well-informed about the virus and its extent, and to make sure we would be prepared when our influenza season arrived.
Unlike seasonal flu, the H1N1 virus is more prevalent among those in the 24 and under age group. That is why many of the efforts for prevention are being targeted to students, and school systems are working to set up flu clinics and make sure parents are well-informed. Parents must be especially vigilant by keeping kids home when sick and giving consideration to the H1N1 vaccine. In addition to younger populations, those most vulnerable to the virus are pregnant women and individuals with neurological and respiratory conditions.
Also this week, the first shipments of the H1N1 vaccine were delivered to our state. More shipments will follow in the weeks ahead, and Maryland expects to have approximately 900,000 doses by the end of the month.
Outside of the vaccine, the most important action you can take to protect you and your family is the same as with any flu virus: washing your hands frequently; covering your mouth when you cough; sneezing into a sleeve;and staying home from school or work if you get sick.
As always, thank you for allowing me to share this update with you. If there is anything you wish to share with me or bring to my attention, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
With warmest regards, I am
Steny H. Hoyer
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