Pike reports H1N1 death
by DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
A Pike County resident died recently due to the H1N1 influenze, Pike County Health Department officials reported.
The patient was in her 70s, had underlying health conditions.
“We are very saddened to hear about this loss,” stated Paul Hopkins, director of the health department. “Our thoughts and prayers are with this family”.
The Pike County Health Department continues to work closely with local and state officials to obtain the H1N1 flu (swine flu) vaccine and to get the vaccine out to target groups that health officials are recommending receive the vaccine first. Those target groups include:
• Pregnant women
• People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months old
• Health care and emergency medical service workers
• Children and young adults (6 months to 24 years), especially with chronic health problems
• People 25 to 64 years old with chronic health problems
The Pike County Health Department continues to receive regular shipments of the H1N1 vaccine and takes appointments as the vaccine becomes available.
The most effective treatment for the flu is prevention. You can help prevent the flu by:
• Washing your hands often with soap and water for 15-20 seconds or as an alternative, use alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel hand sanitizers.
• Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your elbow if a tissue is not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches an object that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
• Get an annual seasonal flu shot to help the human body develop antibodies to protect against season flu virus infection.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick as well.
• Stay home from work, school, and errands if possible when you are sick. This will help prevent others from getting sick.
For more information on H1N1 and Kentucky, visit http://healthalerts.ky.gov
. You can also contact the free influenza hotline at 1-877-843-7727 or the Pike County Health Department at 606-437-5500.