LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Two waves of the H1N1 virus have already spread through thenation, but though it was highly contagious the virus turned out tonot be as deadly as was first feared.
The worst of the H1N1 influenza could be over, but healthofficials in Tippecanoe County are not letting their guard down.Administrator for the Tippecanoe County Health Department Ron Cripesaid if the third wave comes the health community would like feelthey did every thing they could.
"Were not seeing a lot of H1N1, but we don't want to let ourguard down because if there is a third wave, as many pandemicshave, we need to keep plugging away educating people. We can'tchange the messages," said Cripe.
The first wave of H1N1 came almost one year ago. The second wavecame in Fall 2009, and a third wave is still possible. Cripe saidthe message is to continue to cover your cough, wash your hands,stay home if you are sick and get the H1N1 vaccine.
"Right now we are still encouraging individuals to go ahead andget the H1N1 vaccine. There is plenty available. Not only throughthe health department, but a lot of pharmacies are carrying itnow," said Cripe.
He said the state of Indiana has immunized 1,000,000 people outof 6,000,000 in the state with the H1N1 vaccine. He said inTippecanoe County the health community dispensed 50,000vaccinations. That number could grow now that there are norestrictions on people who can get the vaccine.
What's still unknown is a total count of those infected withH1N1.
"To say how many people were sick in Tippecanoe County, orthe state of Indiana, we really don't have a gauge on that. We didhave one death attributed to H1N1. That's what I can tell you,"said Cripe.
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