MADISON (WKOW)-- Nearly 25% of Dane County residents have gotten the H1N1 flu vaccine.
"Public Health and Madison and Dane County health care systems worked together to vaccinate over 100,000 people in the midst of the H1N1 pandemic that, although it certainly could have been much worse, locally killed 5 and put over 100 in the hospital," said Dr. Thomas Schlenker, Director of PHMDC. " It's a good example of cooperation in time of crisis. I'm especially proud of the many public health staff members who went above and beyond the call of duty."
According to Wisconsin Immunization Registry data, as of February 15, 109,808 people have been immunized for H1N1 in Dane County. This represents 23% of the Dane County population.
Last week, the Public Health Department finished providing H1N1 immunizations in the schools for students and staff. Approximately 15,000 students and 1,500 school staff were given the H1N1 immunization in Madison and Dane County schools.
Public Health will continue to provide free H1N1 immunizations to anyone 6 months of age and older at its regularly scheduled immunization clinics held in Madison, Middleton, Verona, Stoughton and Sun Prairie. No appointments are needed. Information on Public Health immunization clinics can be found at http://www.publichealthmdc.com/disease/swineflu/immunization/clinics.cfm, or call 246-4516.
If you have health insurance, you are encouraged to get the vaccine from your health care provider.