[kcimt_mag] Re: FW: Please send to MAG

  • From: wendywarren@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • To: kcimt_mag@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, kcimt_mag@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 15:16:29 -0800 (GMT-08:00)

I do not think that this says anything new and it has been in the paper.  Unless other people feel it would be helpful to send it out I would not do so


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From: Monte Keady
Sent: Nov 16, 2009 12:11 PM
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Monte B Keady

Division Chief - Training/EMS

Klamath County Fire District No. 1

143 N Broad Street,

Klamath Falls OR 97601

541.885.2059 ext.109



From: Melissa Klegseth [mailto:mklegseth@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2009 10:59 AM
To: Monte Keady
Subject: Please send to MAG
Importance: High


Medical Advisory Group Members,

The following information was put out by Oregon Public Health on the 13th of November.  In addition on Saturday the Herald and News printed the attached article.


What do you recommend we communicate to the medial providers in the community that are giving H1N1 vaccinations?




Nov 13 2009: Oregon Public Health focuses H1N1 influenza vaccine outreach 





Increasing education and outreach to populations that are most at risk for hospitalization and death 

As the H1N1 influenza outbreak continues in Oregon, the latest local and national data about how the virus affects certain populations is emerging. As a result — and because of the limited amount of vaccine — over the next few weeks the Oregon Public Health Division and county public health departments and tribes will target vaccination education and outreach on the populations that are most at risk for hospitalization and death.

Since Sept. 1, 2009, 1,044 people have been hospitalized in Oregon with influenza-like illness; 34 people have died. In Oregon, five children have died from influenza, four of the children had special needs — two with cerebral palsy. Two Oregon children died outside the hospital.

“Children with special needs must get vaccinated; if they get sick, parents should seek care early,” says Mel Kohn, M.D., M.P.H., Oregon public health director.

National statistics show that over 90 percent of people hospitalized with H1N1 are within the priority group: pregnant women, children 5 and under, and people aged 5 – 64 with underlying health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and cardio-pulmonary disease.

“People with underlying health conditions are much more likely to have a severe case of H1N1 influenza that could require hospitalization,” says Kohn. “We are asking this high-risk group to please make sure and get vaccinated early in order to protect themselves.”

Oregon has so far received about 25 percent of the vaccine allocation necessary to reach all people in the targeted population for vaccine, and more vaccine is coming every day.

“Until we have enough vaccine, getting it to the most vulnerable people is a constant balancing act,” says Kathleen O’Leary, Washington County Public Health administrator and chair of the Conference of Local Health Officials.

Public health officials are encouraging vaccine providers to reach out to the populations that are at the highest risk for complications from H1N1 flu, including people of all ages with heart and lung diseases and children with neurodevelopmental diseases. These general classes are emerging as the most important risk factors both nationally and in Oregon. “That’s why we are emphasizing today the importance of ensuring that people with chronic conditions get vaccinated,” says Kohn.

In Oregon, some of the more common underlying health conditions that make people most at risk for hospitalization and death from H1N1 flu are:

·        In children under 18, asthma;

·        In adults over 18, asthma, diabetes and pregnancy as well as all cardio-pulmonary diseases;

·        Of all the people hospitalized with influenza in the tri-county area (Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties) since Sept. 1, 2009, 33 percent have asthma as an underlying condition.

·        Many people who have been hospitalized with H1N1 suffer from multiple underlying health conditions.



Melissa Klegseth

Health Educator

Klamath County Health Department

403 Pine Street

Klamath Falls, OR 97601

(541)882-8846 ext. 3508

(541)885-3638 (fax)



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