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Pasadena In Focus
November - December 2009

Immunizations Available for Two Flu Strains

As we head into flu season, the Pasadena Public Health Department reminds us of the two most prevalent strains this year.

The “seasonal flu” is a respiratory infection that attacks mostly in winter and spring. A vaccine is available from physicians’ offices, pharmacies, the Pasadena Public Health Department’s Immunization Clinic at 1840 N. Fair Oaks Ave. and other locations.

The second strain, “pandemic H1N1 flu” (previously known as “swine flu”), is a new virus that also causes respiratory infection. Since it first appeared last spring, H1N1 has caused large outbreaks in many parts of the world. Because most Americans don’t have immunity, it may impact us in the coming months.

At press time, the new H1N1 flu vaccine had been federally approved for distribution nationwide through public health departments and select local health providers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has prioritized groups that are more at-risk from the H1N1 flu, including pregnant women, adults ages 25 to 64 who have chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems, people who live with or care for babies younger than 6 months, workers in the health care and emergency medical fields, and children and young adults ages 6 months to 24 years old.

For the latest updates, go to www.cityofpasadena.net/publichealth/H1N1_Info or www.flu.gov, or call 744-6012.

As always, the best prevention of each strain of flu is good health habits such as washing your hands, covering your coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or a tissue, and avoiding others when you’re sick and feverish.