(KCPW News) The Salt Lake Valley Health Department vaccinated nearly 8,000 people this weekend against the H1N1 virus, and has run out of the vaccine, again. Spokeswoman Pam Davenport says 26,000 people have received doses in Salt Lake County so far. But the goal is to vaccinate 500,000.
“Ideally, maybe it’s not as many people vaccinated as we’d like to,” Davenport says. “We’re just anticipating getting more vaccine, and vaccinating people as we get that in.”
Davenport says vaccines are still available at local doctors’ offices for people who fit into four categories: pregnant women, children and young adults up to 24 years old, people who take care of children, and those between 18 and 64 who have an underlying health complication. She says people who haven’t been able to get vaccinated yet should remember to wash their hands frequently, stay home when sick, and cough into their elbows.
Tom Hudachko with the state health department says a new “flu fighters” education campaign being unveiled yesterday should help get the word out about how to avoid the virus and prevent it from spreading to others.
“People are getting hit from so many different sides with information on the flu,” Hudachko says. “We wanted there to be one place that was information that was backed by the state health department, by all 12 of the local health departments, by the state’s private health care sector that could really give people the accurate, reliable, sound advice that they need.”
The health department messages will be on billboards, television, social networking sites and radio starting yesterday.