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WI Department of Health reports 5 new H1N1 deaths


MADISON (WKOW) -- According to its weekly report, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) says five people have died from H1N1 in the past week. Deaths were reported in Douglas, Oneida, Outagamie, and Walworth Counties.

To date, there have been 40 H1N1-related deaths in Wisconsin since the virus hit this spring. H1N1 activity is expected to continue through the season. Health officials expect another wave of cases could occur. Seasonal influenza cases are expected to come later in December or January.

DHS is still monitoring the vaccine supply and will continue expanding the vaccine groups as quickly as possible. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to stress that there will be enough H1N1 vaccine for everyone who wants it.

DHS recommends that Wisconsin's public and private health care providers continue vaccinating people who fall within the CDC's original vaccination target groups.

Those groups include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Persons who live with or provide care for infants age 6 months or younger (examples:  parents, siblings, daycare providers)
  • Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
  • All people from 6 months through 24 years of age
  • Persons 25-64 years of age with conditions associated with higher risk of complications from influenza

Community vaccination clinics will start up again as H1N1 vaccine becomes more readily available for the clinics.

You can call 2-1-1 to find local H1N1 or seasonal flu vaccination clinics. You can also find a "clinic finder" by clicking here and here.

To date, Wisconsin has been allocated 1,262,400 vaccine doses. There is a lag time between when the state receives the H1N1 vaccines and when the doses are sent to providers.

Online reporting by Lisa Adams.
Email me at ladams@wkowtv.com
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