On Thursday, November 19, and Saturday, November 21, 2009, I spent about five hours each day working as a volunteer at a vaccination clinic run by the Monroe County Public Health Department (DPH). It was one of five each day held to vaccinate at risk groups for pandemic H1N1, the Swine Flu. I worked at the one held at the former Medley Center Mall in Irondequoit.
New York State follows the example of the CDC and its reporting is at least a week behind at any given time. In the week ending November 7 2009, flu activity continued to explode in upstate New York.
The latest report from the New York State Department of Health on the influenza situation outside of New York City shows a dramatic increase in visits to hospital emergency rooms for flu like illnesses in Upstate New York. The October 24 report shows nearly a 50% increase in such visits from the October 17 report. The Hudson Valley and Long Island regions show a much smaller increase.
Here are some of the colleges and Universities in Upstate New York, and the latest information they have on their websites about Swine Flu. It is good to see that several of them have received the H1N1 vaccine and are distributing it.
Local media nationwide have been reporting the cancellation of seasonal flu vaccine clinics as well as the limited availability of vaccine for the Swine Flu. The limited number of doses of vaccine for both types of influenza is due to several factors.