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.


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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.

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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

K-State can test for new strain of dog flu affecting Midwest; no cases reported in Kansas

Kansas State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory can test for a new strain of canine influenza, or dog flu, that has infected more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest since April, according to a news release Wednesday by the university.

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.

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