Two H1N1 deaths reported in county

Sheboygan County Division of Public Health reports two H1N1 influenza-related deaths in Sheboygan County.

“The loss of a loved one for anyone is heartbreaking. Our thoughts are with the families and friends,” said Dale Hippensteel, Sheboygan County health officer.

Out of respect for the families and patient confidentiality laws, Sheboygan County Division of Public Health is not releasing the name, sex, age, race or location of residence of the individuals.

“For most people, the 2009 H1N1 flu is not severe. However, the risk of hospitalization or death is higher in young children, pregnant women, individuals with compromised immune systems and those with other chronic illnesses,” said Hippensteel.

He noted, “We highly recommend that individuals still get vaccinated. Eventually there will be enough H1N1 vaccine for anyone who wants to be vaccinated and we need to keep in mind that influenza prevention is still necessary. Pandemics typically show waves of activity. This flu season is not over and another wave of H1N1 flu could likely occur.”

While vaccination will be the best protection against influenza, it is always important for everyone to continue the basic protection and prevention measures: Stay home if you are ill; cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, not with your hands; wash your hands frequently; and stay healthy by getting plenty of rest, eating health food and exercising.

People who develop significant flu symptoms or those with flu symptoms who are at risk for severe flu complications are advised to consult their health care provider promptly.

For more information visit www. pandemic.wisconsin.gov. Vaccination clinic information is available at www.wisconsinfluclinic.info, or by calling 2-1-1.


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