If you think you have the flu, you can talk with a nurse on the Minn. Department of Health's flu hotline – (866) 259-4655.
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The race to vaccinate humans against H1N1 is the principal focus of health leaders, but a second vaccination effort is about to begin.
As a contagious and airborne disease, it's important to take precautions to avoid getting and spreading the flu.
With the emergence of the H1N1 flu virus, a new vaccine is being manufactured to provide protection initially for health care works and vulnerable populations. The first batch of H1N1 vaccines are expected to arrive in early October. Both the seasonal flu shot and the H1N1 flu shot can be administered on the same day. However, you cannot receive both vaccinations on the same day if you receive the nasal mist version of the vaccine.
Certain groups will likely receive flu shots first when they become available. These groups include: pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age, healthcare and emergency medical services personnel, persons between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old, and people ages of 25 through 64 years of age who are at higher risk for 2009 H1N1 because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems.
More information on the H1N1 flu vaccine is available from the Minnesota Department of Health.
People at risk of flu complications — such as pregnant women, young children and people with chronic health conditions — are more likely to be prescribed an antiviral medication. Most people are able to recover from seasonal and H1N1 flu at home without requiring any professional medical care.