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. In June, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak to be a pandemic, although it notes that most cases are only moderately severe. In Lawrence and across Kansas, the first non-border state to report anyone sick with swine flu, residents are taking precautions to keep from becoming sick.

Q&A with Kansas health officer about H1N1
November 12, 2009
Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, the state’s health officer, answers questions concerning the H1N1 virus and vaccine.
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Get the facts: 2009-2010 flu season

Track flu data from state and federal public health agencies.

Walk-in immunizations

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is offering the H1N1 vaccine on a walk-in basis during clinic hours and during the lunch hour on the first floor of the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine. Those hours are: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except it opens at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and is open until 8 p.m. Mondays.

Information from the CDC
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Did you know?

Some basic facts about swine flu, according to the CDC, WHO and KDHE:

  • The first novel H1N1 patient in the United States was confirmed by laboratory testing at CDC on April 15, 2009.
  • The seasonal flu vaccine will not protect against the 2009 H1N1 flu.
  • Twenty-four Kansans have died because of swine flu.
  • In Kansas, the youngest person to die from H1N1 was 6 and the oldest was 75.
  • It is estimated that 22 million people in the United States had been infected with H1N1.
  • As of Nov. 29, more than 207 countries had reported laboratory confirmed cases, including at least 8,768 deaths.
  • Persons with H1N1 flu virus infection should be considered potentially contagious (able to spread disease) for up to 7 days after illness onset.
  • Since Sept. 26, there have been 352 influenza/pneumonia-related deaths reported in Kansas. Fifteen of those — 4.2 percent — involved H1N1.
  • Only three of the Kansas' 24 H1N1-related deaths have been people who are 65 or older.
Video: State health officer visits Lawrence H1N1 clinic

State health officer Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips visited Quail Run Elementary during the Wednesday H1N1 clinic. Watch »

Video: Swine flu vaccination shortage forces changes to local clinics

A shortage of swine flu vaccine has forced Kansas University and the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department to cancel five swine flu immunization clinics, leaving just two on the calendar. Watch »

Video: Area residents flock to Lawrence for Swine Flu clinic

Following months of anticipation, the area's first H1N1 clinic proved quite popular Wednesday. Watch »

Swine flu questions answered
What are your concerns with mutations of the virus? How long does the virus remain on inanimate objects? Should people 65 and older be concerned? If my neighbor has H1N1, can I contract it through any member of that family? Can I get the H1N1 vaccine at the same time as my regular flu shot? What is your recommendation for antiviral use? How much will the vaccination be and where should those without health insurance go to get it? If someone has contracted H1N1, should they get the vaccine when it's available? Are there any side effects from the H1N1 vaccine?

A panel of local experts answer questions about the H1N1 virus.

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Swine Flu Pandemic features

Lawrence family who lost loved one to flu advocates for vaccination

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Rachael Sheridan's family believes her death could have been prevented had she gotten last year's flu shot, which included an immunization for H1N1. Now they are advocating for people of all ages to get a vaccine prior to the upcoming flu season. The shots are offered in numerous locations in Lawrence, from doctors' offices to the health department to many grocery and drug stores. By Giles Bruce

Number of flu cases appears to be leveling off

The number of people in Lawrence with influenza appears to have leveled off a week after a spike in flu cases. By Giles Bruce

KU Hospital offering drive-through flu shot clinic Oct. 30; Lawrence's set for this Saturday

Kansas University Hospital will offer free flu shots during its 16th annual Drive-Thru Flu Shot clinic on Oct. 30.

Lawrence's first drive-through flu vaccination clinic set for Saturday morning

Need a flu shot? Then, you won’t want to miss Lawrence’s first drive-through clinic on Saturday. You just drive up, turn in a vaccine consent form, and roll up your sleeve. The best part: It’s free.

WHO: Swine flu pandemic is over

The World Health Organization declared the swine flu pandemic officially over Tuesday, months after many national authorities started canceling vaccine orders and shutting down hot lines as the disease ebbed from the headlines.

More Swine Flu Pandemic features

More Swine Flu Pandemic
Another Kansan dies from H1N1 flu virus
March 31, 2010
A 71-year-old woman from northeast Kansas has died from the H1N1 flu virus. She was not from Douglas County.
H1N1 clinic tied to tournament game
March 10, 2010
Kansas University is having a special H1N1 flu vaccine clinic on Thursday during the first half of the men’s Big 12 Tournament game.
Topeka resident dies from H1N1 flu virus, state health officer urges vaccination
February 23, 2010
Kansas Department of Health and Environment announces that a 60-year-old Topeka man has died from H1N1 influenza. State health officer says it’s not too late to get vaccinated.
Mother of 2 dies of H1N1 complications
February 14, 2010
A mother of two hospitalized for more than three months because of complications from H1N1 has died.
U.S. swine flu epidemic has ‘1 foot in grave’
February 6, 2010
If the U.S. swine flu epidemic isn’t over, it certainly looks as if it’s on its last legs.
Report finds immunization rates for American adults dismal, far behind children’s rates
February 4, 2010
Routine vaccinations can save lives, yet millions of American adults are not getting them despite the recommendations of top medical experts.
Q&A: Some H1N1 vaccinations contain thimerosal
February 1, 2010
Some of the H1N1 flu vaccinations given by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department contain thimerosal. It has been determined to be safe by leading health agencies.
Kansas health department reports 27th death statewide from H1N1, encourages vaccination
January 29, 2010
A 78-year-old woman from the Wichita area has died from infection with the H1N1 influenza virus. The death brings the total number of confirmed deaths from the pandemic strain statewide to 27.
H1N1 flu immunization process no small task for Douglas County community
January 28, 2010
The planning process began in April, shortly after the first case was confirmed by the CDC on April 15. The first vaccine was given Oct. 21, 2009, at Haskell Indian Nations University. It was the first H1N1 vaccine clinic in Kansas.
Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department schedules H1N1 clinics
January 25, 2010
In an effort to reach more people, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has scheduled five more H1N1 flu vaccine clinics.


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