Susan Dutko, Franklin County Department of Emergency Services Emergency Management Coordinator
"This clinic is for the priority group," said Susan Dutko, emergency management coordinator for the Franklin County Department of Emergency Services.
Individuals 6 months to 24 years old, health care providers, caregivers for children younger than 6 months, pregnant women and those younger than 65 with underlying medical conditions, like heart disease, diabetes or asthma, are most likely to get the swine flu, added Dutko
"But the numbers aren't accurate," said Dutko
"Initially, everyone with flu like symptoms was getting tested, which overwhelmed the system.
We don't see flu in the summer, so any flu that we were seeing was just assumed to be H1N1."
Currently, the health department is conducting cluster testing.
"If we see an area with a large number of flu cases, then we'll test," said Dutko
The Centers for Disease Control
, or CDC
, says H1N1 activity in Pennsylvania is "widespread."
added that 98 percent of the flu seen in the United States this year has been H1N1 and current estimates say there could be 5 million people worldwide infected with swine flu.
No deaths have been reported in Franklin County solely due to H1N1.
"Most deaths from any kind of flu occur when the individual already has another condition," said Dutko
"Just stay away," said Dutko
"Distance is the best prevention, but it's hard to do that."
Washing your hands, coughing and sneezing into tissues, and no hugging are also good preventive measures, Dutko
Another good tip?
"Stay home if you're sick," said Dutko
The CDC recommends staying home at least 24 hours after a fever has broken.
"You can only receive a vaccine if you register," Dutko
Appointments can be made up to the day of the vaccine, said Dutko
Each patient getting the vaccine also will need a completed consent form, which is available on the Web site.
Anyone without Internet access can call the Pennsylvania Department of Health
at 1-877-PA Health (1-877-724-3258) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
"You can't be sick if you are getting the vaccine," Dutko
"We can't give you the vaccine if you have any kind of upper respiratory or cold-like symptoms."
added that volunteers are needed to help with the clinic.
"We need medical and non-medical volunteers," said Dutko
Volunteers do not need any special training and they do not need to already have been vaccinated.
asks that anyone interested in volunteering call her
office at 264-2813.
said more clinics will be scheduled as additional doses of the vaccine become available, but she
does not know when that will be.