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Topeka resident dies from H1N1 flu virus, state health officer urges vaccination

February 23, 2010

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A 60-year-old Topeka man has died from the H1N1 flu virus.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the death brought the total number of confirmed deaths from H1N1 statewide to 28.

Swine Flu Pandemic

An outbreak of H1N1 Swine Flu was reported in Mexico in April 2009. By the end of May, it had spread across the U.S., with all 50 states reporting cases.

The man’s infection was confirmed in the KDHE laboratory Feb. 4, and his death was reported to KDHE on Feb. 22. The man had underlying health conditions that placed him at greater risk for severe complications of influenza.

“Even though the 2009 H1N1 flu virus has decreased in activity, it continues to circulate and still remains a threat. We typically see flu activity peak in February or March in Kansas, and we are continuing to monitor the situation closely. So, if you haven’t received the H1N1 influenza vaccine, I encourage you to do so. ”

— Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, state health officer

The H1N1 vaccine is available for free at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, 200 Maine St. For more information, call the department at 843-3060.

Comments

CreatureComforts 5 years, 4 months ago

Sorry, you told me I wasn't worthy of the vaccine, not "at risk", and I got H1N1 back in December. You told my cousin he wasn't worthy either and he died from it. Glad to know you think we're worthy now.

KEITHMILES05 5 years, 4 months ago

The state needs to STFU about the piggy disease. You'd think it was an epidemic and the world is at risk. Just more stupid and scary talk by the government. Stay out of our lives and let us live.

puddleglum 5 years, 4 months ago

was this the dude with the zebra-jacket?

workinghard 5 years, 4 months ago

They said people over 60 didn't need the vaccine but a lot of the deaths are people over 60. They always say they had, "underlying health conditions that placed him at greater risk for severe complications of influenza." Well guess what, a great number of people over 60 have underlying health conditions, duh. I'm glad to see which age group they decided was expandable. Now they can't even give it away.

anonyname 5 years, 4 months ago

"They" never said any group of people didn't need the vaccine. Early on there was not enough to go around. "They" tried to prioritize so that the populations at greatest risk would get the vaccine first, and as production picked up, everyone else would and should get the vaccine. To claim "they" said certain groups should never get the vaccine is foolish as well as false.

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