KINGMAN - In response to the initial limited release of the H1N1-LAIV (Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine), Kingman Regional Medical Center is providing the nasal spray flu vaccine to all emergency medical providers who serve the Kingman/Golden Valley area.
Emergency medical providers are those individuals on the front line of healthcare such as EMTs and paramedics. The vaccine will be distributed based on guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control.
These guidelines recommend vaccinating healthcare and emergency medical services personnel first, as they are the mostly likely to come in contact with the virus.
As additional vaccines become available, they will be provided to the next level of individuals who are considered to be at a higher risk of disease or complications. This includes pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age, persons between the ages of 6 months through 24, and adults up to age 64 who are at higher risk because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems.
The Novel H1N1 is a new flu virus of swine origin that first caused illness in Mexico and the United States in March and April 2009.
It is believed the H1N1 virus spreads in the same way regular seasonal influenza viruses spread, mainly through coughs and sneezes of people who are sick with the virus.
However, it is also believed it may be spread by touching infected objects and then touching your nose or mouth. The infection has been reported to cause a wide range of flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.