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Pediatricians have played H1N1 role

The Rappahannock Area Health District, working with the local schools, has captured all the headlines withVaccination stamp its H1N1 vaccination clinics. At least 12,000 children have been inoculated locally through these in-school clinics. But a new chart published by the Virginia Department of Health shows how important the private sector has been in distributing the vaccine.

Physicians and private clinics statewide have concentrated on preschoolers and eligible adults, two priority groups not covered by the school clinics. As you can see from the chart here, many children 4 and under have received their shots from their pediatricians.

A few other H1N1 items:

·  My colleague Pam Gould reports on tonight’s vaccination clinic at Spotsylvania Middle School here.

·Virginia like many other states appears to be experiencing a decline in the number of swine flu cases. The percent of emergency department and urgent care visits for influenza-like illness has dropped to 5 percent statewide. “That is good news,” said Dr. Karen Remley, state health commissioner, at her weekly update last Thursday. Still, many people are sick, especially for this time of year, Remley said. The death toll in Virginia from H1N1 is now 29 people.

· Parents of children younger than 9 who got the first dose of the vaccine should be thinking about getting a second dose, Remley said. She recommended waiting four weeks after the first dose to get the second one. Parents don’t have to return to the original provider for the second dose, she said.