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October 19, 2009

RE: H1N1 Update - Three parts:
1. National Conference Call
2. State H1N1 Weekly Announcement
3. Fraudulent H1N1 Products Searches

Dear Mayor:

We are writing to update you on three important resources to assist you in efforts to control and respond to H1N1 flu outbreaks.

1.  National Conference Call

The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs – with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – is inviting mayors and other local officials to an H1N1 update call at 2:15PM (EDT) on Tuesday, October 20.  The call will feature Dr. Nicole Lurie, HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and Dr. Anne Schuchat, Chief Health Officer at the CDC.  

Dr. Lurie and Dr. Schuchat will provide information on the H1N1 Influenza situation nationally, discuss available federal tools and resources, and describe the status of the vaccination campaign.

Here is the information for joining the call:

What:             Conference call on the H1N1 Influenza situation
When:            Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 2:15PM EDT
Who:              Dr. Nicole Lurie & Dr. Anne Schuchat
Call-in:           800-475-8413
Passcode:       5893054

2. State H1N1 Weekly Announcement

  • State H1N1 Call Center - 1-866-321-9571 – New Jersey is operating a toll-free public information hotline on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The information line number is 1-866-321-9571.  Call center operators will be able to provide general information about H1N1, vaccine safety and availability information, symptoms of H1N1 and flu preventive measures.
  • H1N1 Vaccine is Safe – All vaccines, including the H1N1 vaccine, are held to the highest standard of safety and are continually monitored.  Each year, millions of Americans safely receive seasonal flu vaccines.  The H1N1 vaccine is made the same way as seasonal flu vaccine by the same companies that make seasonal flu vaccine.  The National Institute of Health (NIH) has conducted clinical trials for the H1N1 vaccine.  The vaccine has been tested and safely used in children, pregnant woman, and adults.
  • State H1N1 Resource Center / Flu Shot Locator – The most up-to-date H1N1 influenza information can be found at: www.nj.gov/health/flu/h1n1.  This website includes links on where to find seasonal flu shots.  When the H1N1 vaccine is more widely available, this website will also have a search engine to find where you can get your H1N1 vaccine.
  • H1N1 Vaccine will Arrive in Stages Over a Three-Month Period – Shipments of the H1N1 vaccine will continue to arrive throughout this month and into November and December.  Vaccine availability will be very limited at first and will increase over time.
  • Symptoms of H1N1 – The symptoms of H1N1 flu include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting.
  •  What You Can Do to Stay Healthy
    • Stay informed, and take everyday actions to stay healthy.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
    • Stay home if you are sick.

3. Fraudulent H1N1 Products Search

The U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made available a down-loadable ‘widget,’ which can be used to identify fraudulent H1N1 products. A widget is an application that displays the featured content directly on your web page. You can embed content in your Web site or blog to increase overall awareness about this important topic. Once you’ve added the widget, there’s no technical maintenance. FDA.gov will update the content automatically.

You can place this Fraudulent H1N1 Products Widget on your web site, portal home page, or in your blog to allow you and your visitors to search for Fraudulent H1N1 Products. To access the widget from the internet, you can go to http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm186340.htm

Information on how mayors can include a link to the DHSS widget, which will connect people to a vast array of H1N1 information. To view the choice of widgets and the embed codes for each go to: http://www.nj.gov/health/widgets/share.shtml
To see the widget in action visit the H1N1 Influenza homepage at: http://www.nj.gov/health/flu/h1n1.shtml

We hope you find these updates helpful.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

 

 

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