As the 2009 H1N1 influenza begins to fade from the media spotlight, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) reminds parents and caregivers of the need for a second dose of H1N1 vaccination for young children.
The lack of a second vaccination can increase the possibility for serious health risks in certain priority groups.
Children 9 years old and younger should receive two doses of the H1N1 vaccine about one month apart to provide the best protection. The first flu vaccine dose “primes” the immune system, and the second dose provides the full immune protection. Children can have reduced or no protection from a single dose of flu vaccine.
“Following through on kids’ vaccinations is as important starting them,” said Interim Director Will Humble.
“Parents need to mark their calendars and follow up with pediatricians to get the second shot so their kids are fully protected.”
Vaccine supplies continue to be received throughout the state. Vaccine locations are available at www.StopThe
SpreadAZ.org or by calling the Arizona Flu Hotline at (877) 764-2670. You may also check with your pediatrician for vaccine availability.
Remember to bring your child’s Influenza Vaccination Record card along to any vaccination clinic to show the date that the first shot was received.
Vaccines are the best way to prevent the flu.
Everyone should watch for their opportunity to receive the H1N1 and seasonal influenza vaccines. Besides being vaccinated, ADHS asks Arizonans to continue practicing good health hygiene.