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Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), has announced that the H1N1 vaccine is now available in most areas to the general public. In the vast majority of counties, local public health departments have informed CDPH that there is an adequate supply of the vaccine to meet demand.“Those who would like to be vaccinated are urged to do so, especially in view of upcoming holiday travel and family gatherings,” said Horton. “The holiday season is one of the busiest periods for travel, resulting in close contact with family and friends. Washing hands and covering coughs helps reduce the spread of disease, but the most effective step anyone can take is to get vaccinated.”Horton recommends that everyone pitch in to prevent the spread of the flu by doing the following:• Don’t travel with the flu. Stay home if you are sick.• Get vaccinated for both the seasonal and H1N1 flu.• Wash your hands often. Carry hand sanitizer with you and use it when you are not able to wash your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.• Cover your coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or a tissue.CDPH reports the state is still experiencing widespread H1N1 flu activity.“Start the New Year with a vaccination from H1N1 to protect yourself and your loved ones as we enter 2010,” Horton said.To date, 8,003 Californians have been hospitalized with H1N1. 449 have died.For more information on H1N1 vaccine availability check with your local public health department, your health care provider or use the online vaccine finder tool at http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Pages/H1N1Home.aspx.
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