NH 2-1-1 Answers H1N1 Questions

There is now a public inquiry line in New Hampshire to respond to H1N1 Flu questions. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is urging residents with questions about the influenza virus and the H1N1 vaccine to contact the hotline by dialing in NH 2-1-1. Initially, the call-in line will be open for H1N1 related questions from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Public health officials continue to encourage everyone to take common sense preventative measures to help avoid getting sick with H1N1 or other illnesses.  This includes washing your hands frequently, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and staying home from work or school if you are sick.

Based on a call to 2-1-1 today, the H1N1 vaccine (flu shot and nasal spray)  is expected to be available in the Sunapee area by Thanksgiving or early December. However, clinic locations are unknown at this time.

And, yes, there are two types of H1N1 vaccine. These is a shot (that contains fragments of killed influenza virus) and a nasal spray (that contains weakened, live flu virus.) Health officials warn that certain groups, including pregnant women, young children and people with compromised immune systems, should not receive the nasal spray.

For more information on H1N1 flu, visit www.dhhs.nh.gov or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu.

In Sunapee, the public school has posted information about H1N1, including a letter to parents and guardians dated October 25 from SAU 85 Superintendent Brendan Minnihan that outlines recommended practices to prevent the spread of the illness. One can download the letter at http://www.sunapee.k12.nh.us/.

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