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Kittitas County issues emergency proclamation for H1N1

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Kittitas County commissioners issue an emergency proclamation for H1N1 or swine flu.

The emergency proclamation has nothing to do with the number of cases. There's actually a shortage of people in Kittitas County who are allowed to administer the vaccine.

Shipments of H1N1 vaccine are arriving daily and the health department wants to make sure people are getting vaccinated as quickly as possible, hopefully controlling the spread of swine flu. Paramedics and EMT's can't legally give vaccines until a state of emergency is declared.

The health department wants to make sure people don't panic about the proclamation.

"The emergency declaration doesn't indicate an increase in the severity of the disease it really just is because there's a shortage of people who can administer the vaccine," said Amy Diaz, Kittitas County Public Health.

Around 900 vaccines made it to the Kittitas County Health Department, those will be given to health care providers, doctors and nurses, people in direct contact with the public.

The Yakima County Health Department received a shipment of the nasal spray vaccine already and they're expecting a steady flow of vaccine shipments for the next few weeks.

 

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