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Swine Flu Survivor Goes Home

BAYOU LA BATRE, Alabama - A 9-year old swine flu survivor is back at home after a month in the hospital.

We first told you about Shelby John on Tuesday. She's the 3rd grader from Coden who caught the swine flu in August. When the flu combined with her asthma, Shelby ended up on life support for weeks.

The 3rd grader was released from USA Children's and Women's Hospital on Thursday night and is thankful to be home. Shelby's family believes she's a miracle.

Unfortunately, the stigma of the swine flu has followed Shelby home.

Courtney John says people are staring at her daughter. "I've noticed when I've taken her out a couple of times today that people have recognized her and kind of standoffish because they're afraid that she's contagious but she's not contagious no more."

Family friends are planning a fundraiser to help pay for some of Shelby's medical bills that insurance won't cover. It's October 1-th from 9-to-5 at the Bayou La Batre Community Center. You can also make a donation to the "Shelby Rose John Fund" at any Regions Bank.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Residents gather to learn about H1N1 flu virus, vaccines

By Casandra Andrews

September 25, 2009, 7:00AM

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 MOBILE, Ala. -- Worried for her grandchildren, retired nurse Olene Salter traveled from Evergreen on Thursday to ask the doctor who was giving a community lecture in Mobile about the side effects of swine flu vaccines.

 Salter said her grown children arent sure they will allow their children to get vaccinated for H1N1 once a serum becomes available in mid-October.

 Nearly 100 people gathered at the Chandler YMCA to hear Dr. William K. Green, an associate professor in the division of infectious diseases at the University of South Alabama, talk about H1N1, also called swine flu, and seasonal flu and vaccines created to combat them.

Green talked about the differences between seasonal flu and H1N1, noting that children and adults should be vaccinated against both, even if they think they already had either flu this year.

Alabama marked its eighth swine flu-related death this week, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. A woman in her 50s from Dale County who died tested positive for the H1N1 influenza strain. Other details about the womans case were not immediately available Thursday.

 

The widespread incidence of H1N1 in Alabama, health officials said, should serve as a reminder of the need for everyone to take steps to prevent spreading the disease.

While health officials say Alabama is in the middle of a swine flu season now, they predict the state will also have a typical flu season that peaks in February and March.

A third swine flu outbreak, health officials have said, could occur in the spring of 2010.

Private doctors offices and drug stores in Mobile and Baldwin counties are already offering flu shots for seasonal influenza, Green said.

Health officials expect serum for a second vaccine, one that protects against H1N1, to be ready for use by Oct. 15.

The H1N1 strain was first detected in April and quickly spread around the world. It was not detected early enough, however, to be included in the seasonal flu vaccine.

Green said there have been 10 recorded pandemics in the past 300 years, with the last coming in 1976: Weve been well overdue.

Mobile resident Gayla French, who is a nurse, said she also came to the meeting to hear about possible side effects of the H1N1 vaccine. The most frequent side effect in clinical trials, Green said, has been pain at the injection site.

Because most flu vaccines are created using eggs, people who are allergic to eggs should ask their doctor before getting any influenza vaccine, Green said.

 
 
 
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H1N1 deaths up to 15 in Alabama
Posted: Oct 02, 2009 4:07 PM CDT
Updated: Oct 02, 2009 4:07 PM CDT
MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - Four more people were added to the list of individuals in Alabama who have died from the H1N1 swine flu virus.

The Alabama Department of Public Health said testing confirmed the diagnosis in the deaths of a woman in her 30s and a man in his 60s from Montgomery County, a man in his 40s from Calhoun County, and a man in his 30s from Mobile County.

The deaths raised the H1N1 death toll in Alabama to 15.  Previous deaths of persons positive for H1N1 influenza have occurred during 2009 in Bullock, Dale, Houston, Jackson, Jefferson, Macon, Madison, Montgomery, Russell and Talladega counties.

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Injectable H1N1 vaccine delayed

Nasal vaccine is on its way

 
 
MOBILE, Ala. - The first shipment of the swine flu vaccine should be arriving at the Mobile County Health Department any day.

Disease Control Director Monica Knight has learned that shipment will be the nasal vaccine, not the injectable one they were expecting.

"It's a live vaccine, and it is in a spray mist. What is different about the two, is that certain individuals should have the flu mist, and others should not, and should wait for the injectable vaccine," Knight said.

The school system, which has been hit hardest by the virus, is waiting on the vaccine. But Knight said the schools are already saying "no thanks" to the live vaccine.

"It's probably not a good idea to give a live virus vaccine to school children who are naturally in clusters, anyway," she said.

It means the schools may have to wait a little longer for the injectable doses.

The virus is continuing to affect many of the schools in Mobile County. The absentee rate is more than double the normal rate two months into the school year.

When the vaccine arrives, parents will have to decide if their child will get it.

Vickie Mighty said she may hold off for a while.

"I just want to kind of wait and see whether there are going to be any side affects anyway," Mighty said.

Mobile County is still waiting for shipments of the "regular" flu vaccine.

Officials say the vaccine was delayed because manufacturers cut back on production to focus on the swine flu vaccine

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- State health officials have announced the 16th swine flu death in Alabama.

Alabama Department of Public Health spokesman Dr. Jim McVay says a Mobile County man in his 50s died after contracting the virus. The Press-Register reports that it was the second in Mobile County. A Mobile County man in his 30s died last week after contracting swine flu.

Previous deaths of persons positive for swine flu have occurred this year in Bullock, Dale, Houston, Jackson, Jefferson, Macon, Madison, Montgomery, Russell and Talladega counties.

The virus has accounted for about 99 percent of all flu cases this month.

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MOBILE, Ala.) Oct. 27 - You may get your chance to get the swine flu vaccine for free tomorrow. Several county health departments announced free swine flu vaccine clinics tomorrow. But there is a catch: You must fall into one of the high risk categories to get the shot. The clinic will be held at Hank Aaron Stadium and doesn't start until 8 tomorrow morning, but health officials say they expect people to start lining up as early as 4 or 5 am.

Not only is the swine flu vaccine finally here on the gulf coast, health officials say they're ready to give their first swine flu vaccine clinic. But with only 4,400 doses available, they're asking some people to wait.

David Mann with the Mobile County Health Department says "be considerate of the people who are in the high risks groups and don't come out to the clinic tomorrow. Let the people in the high risks groups take advantage of this tomorrow." According to the Centers for Disease Control, you're considered a priority if you are a pregnant woman, a health care worker, a child between 6 months and 4 years old, a parent, caregiver or sibling of a child younger than 6 months old or a child between the ages of 5 and 18 with underlying medical conditions.

Mann says, "and if you're not in one of those groups, don't come tomorrow...they'll be other chances."Other chances that 72 year old Margaret Noel might not be taking advantage of.

Noel says she doesn't trust the vaccine."It might be a good vaccine...we're gonna just have to see how these people taking it...how they do.”

She says she'll consider getting the vaccine, once it's available to everyone; that's if she can get over her fear first. There will be no charge for the shot and there will also be a walk-in clinic inside Hank Aaron stadium. There's still a shortage of the vaccine.

Health officials say they expect around 60 percent of the vaccine supply to arrive after December 1st. I talked to the Mobile County School System today and found out if your child falls into one of the high risks groups, they will be given excused tardy to get the vaccine. They'll treat it as if it was a doctors visit.

Tomorrow's clinic in Mobile County will be from 8 until 5 or until they run out of the shot.

http://www.local15tv.com/news/local/story/Swine-flu-clinic-tomorrow-in-Mobile-County-ready/yQ9a9k31aE-QzY6Ygoo3NA.cspx?rss=217

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MOBILE, Ala. -- When swine flu vaccinations begin after Thanksgiving at schools statewide, pupils in kindergarten through third grade will be offered a nasal mist -- not a shot -- to protect against the H1N1 virus.
 
"We have 90,000 doses of the nasal mist," said Jim McVay, a spokesman for the state department of public health.

The mist, he said, "will allow us as quickly as possible" to give the vaccine.

Until recently, health officials planned to use shots at the clinics in public and private schools.

McVay said Tuesday that both forms of the vaccine are equally effective at preventing the influenza virus.
 

"Most children are going to be much more receptive to the mist," McVay said. "We are not going to physically hold them down and give them a shot. This will be much more popular."

In Mobile County, the health department was still waiting Tuesday to receive mist supplies for local schools, said Monica Knight, director of infectious diseases. "I don't know how much vaccine we're going to get," she said.

McVay said the state agency sent out vaccine permission slips to school systems this week for distribution to parents and legal guardians.

Parents must read, sign and return the forms to school before children can be vaccinated, health officials said.

"We really want the parents to read the permission slip carefully," said Sharon Bailey, a school nurse with Mobile County Public Schools. "If there is any question at all, they need to contact their pediatrician."

Bailey noted that those with chronic conditions, such as asthma, have been recommended to get a flu shot instead of the nasal mist.

Bailey said that schools with high numbers of special needs students would be the focus of initial vaccination efforts.

"It's really going to depend on how much vaccine we're going to get," Bailey said Tuesday. "We still don't know that."

A slow manufacturing process has been blamed for delays in delivering the swine flu vaccine to the public.

Children age 9 and younger need two doses of the swine flu vaccine for full protection, according to recommendations from the CDC.

Because of that, teams of school nurses and volunteers will return to elementary schools in Mobile and Baldwin counties for a second round of immunizations at least four weeks after the first visit.

As of Tuesday, there had been 31 influenza-related deaths reported to the Alabama Department of Public Health since July.
 
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Swine flu vaccine clinics today and Thursday

The Mobile County Health Department will offer free swine flu vaccinations to protect against H1N1 influenza to people in high priority groups from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the department's downtown offices, 251 N. Bayou St.

A free swine flu vaccine clinic will also be offered Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 545 N. Cody Road in west Mobile. Appointments are not needed.

High priority groups include pregnant women; those who live or care for children younger than 6 months; health care and emergency medical personnel; those age 6 months to 24 years old; those age 25 to 64 with medical conditions associated with a higher risk of flu complications such as asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, HIV and certain types of arthritis.

The flu mist is approved for those age 2 to 49 with no underlying health conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Mobile to offer seasonal flu clinic

Published: Monday, September 13, 2010, 7:45 AM

The Mobile County Health Department will offer the latest seasonal flu vaccine during a drive-through and walk-in clinic Tuesday at Hank Aaron Stadium. It is available for adults and for children as young as six months.

The event runs from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m., unless the vaccine supply runs out.

The vaccine is given with a needle, said Monica Knight, director of infectious diseases at the Health Department.

“This year, the vaccine contains 2009 H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B protection all in one shot,” she said. Research indicates those three viruses will be most common during the upcoming season.

Shots for adults cost $8 and are payable in the exact amount by cash or check or by using Medicaid or Medicare Part B. Shots are free for those 18 and younger.

The clinic is prepared to serve about 2,000 adults and at least 700 children and youths.

Shots for infants and other young children will be given only at the walk-in clinic.

Short-sleeved clothing is recommended.

“We’re doing this so we can serve the most people in a convenient location with expedited service,” Knight said.

Those who received the 2009 H1N1 swine flu vaccine or had swine flu should still get the 2010-11 seasonal flu vaccine, she said.

Immunity develops in about two weeks and lasts about a year.

For more information, call the Health Department’s immunization clinic at 251-690-8821.

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