[kcimt_mag] Re: Please send to MAG

  • From: Marilynn Sutherland <msutherland@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "kcimt_mag@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <kcimt_mag@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 12:48:02 -0800

Thanks, this article is the only written State announcement on refocusing our 
H1N1 interventions that we have received to date.  Please note that OPHD did 
not suggest that H1N1 priority groups change, only that we focus our attention 
on getting the at risk populations among the priority groups vaccinated over 
the next 3 weeks. There appears to be a strong emphasis on vaccinating young 
asthmatics, pregnant women, and older persons with diabetes and/or asthma.

From: kcimt_mag-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:kcimt_mag-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Monte Keady
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2009 12:12 PM
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Importance: High

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 

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 
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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