Saturday, October 31, 2009

Finding Answers to Questions about the H1N1 Flu and the H1N1 Vaccine

Here are a couple of resources to use in your quest for the very latest information on the H1N1 flu and the vaccine.

• 1.877.ASK.VDH3 (1.877.275.8343)-- This is the statewide VDH hotline that has been set up to manage questions and inquires on H1N1 influenza. The number is staffed by physicians and nurses and are able to field questions from the general public and from healthcare professionals.

Those answering the phones are especially qualified to talk about vaccine availability, delivery, registration, etc.

They will not be providing medical advise over the phone but they will be able to provide information on where individuals can be vaccinated and other information.

They will have access to translation services so they will be able to field calls from non-English speakers. The hotline is staffed during normal business hours but they have the capability to expand their hours of operations as needed. -- The three health departments of Virginia, Maryland and DC have launched this new website to provide information to the residents of the NCR on where they can get H1N1 vaccination.

The Virginia section of the website includes specific locations in the region where H1N1 vaccine will be available to the public -- including pharmacies, big box stores and community clinics. The website also includes information to answer the question: "What to do if you get the flu?"

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