Officials: County H1N1 deaths up to 5
The number of confirmed fatal cases due to H1N1-related complications in Yavapai County is up to five, according to the county's Community Health Services.
The county says five residents have died since September.
"They all had underlying conditions that put them at higher risk of H1N1-related complications," said Leslie Horton, community health education program manager for Yavapai County Community Health Services.
"The five people who died from H1N1 in Yavapai County ranged in age from 22 to 60. The average age was 48."
County Health Services will offer H1N1 swine flu vaccination clinics Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Prescott Valley and Cottonwood for anyone who wants the free vaccination.
"It is unusual to see influenza-related deaths in the summer and early fall," said Robert Resendes, director of Yavapai County Community Health Services. "With the rapid transmission rate of this flu, and the possibility of a third wave of H1N1, it is important that people still get vaccinated against it."
The Prescott Valley clinic will take place at Bradshaw Mountain High School's east campus at 6411 N. Robert Road, near the corner of Fain and Robert roads. The Cottonwood clinic will be at the County Complex at 10 S. 6th Street.
"There is no need to arrive early to the clinic as there is plenty of vaccine this week for everyone," Horton said.
Downloading required consent forms from www.yavapaihealth.com, filling them out ahead of time and bringing your insurance card to the clinic will move people through the line quicker.
Over the past few months, Yavapai County Community Health Services administered more than 40,000 H1N1 flu vaccines to area residents with no reported serious adverse effects, Horton said.
More than 200 local volunteers contributed 2,500 hours of service to the vaccination effort and the county's volunteer Medical Reserve Corps answered over 1,000 phone calls.
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Jeep Posse and Search and Rescue teams managed the crowds at the mass vaccination clinics, and area school districts helped coordinate 100 school-based vaccination clinics, she said.
People who haven't yet received the H1N1 vaccination are encouraged to, Horton said.
Also, children under the age of 9 need two doses no sooner than three weeks apart. Horton urges parents to bring their children 9 years old and younger who need their second H1N1 vaccination to the clinics. Please bring your child's H1N1 vaccination card if they have one to the clinic, she said.
Children 10 years old and older only need one H1N1 vaccination, Horton said.
Due to the Christmas holiday, no H1N1 mass vaccination clinics will be held on Saturday, Dec. 26, Horton said. Mass H1N1 vaccination clinics will resume on Saturday, Jan. 2, she said.
One-time H1N1 vaccination clinics will be held soon in Congress, Yarnell, Ash Fork, Black Canyon City and Village of Oak Creek, Horton said. Check www.yavapaihealth.com for the dates for those clinics, or call the YCCHS flu lines at 442-5613 in Prescott or 639-8139 in the Verde Valley.