We aren't out of the woods yet for the H1N1 virus. The Benton Franklin Health District expects another wave of the virus to hit soon, but say most people still have not gotten vaccinated. The Health District estimates nearly 10,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine have been given out. That is still a fraction of not only the total population for Benton and Franklin Counties, but also for their estimates of how many wish to be vaccinated.
Now health leaders are urging everyone to go to their pharmacy or doctor and get vaccinated because this virus runs in three cycles. We have seen two of those; the next is quickly approaching.
Heather Hill with the Benton Franklin Health District says, "we know that there is still a large unvaccinated population in our community so when that third wave arrives, when we see this comeback in the next weeks to months, they would be vulnerable to catching the H1N1 flu."
H1N1 doses are widely available but the seasonal flu vaccine continues to be scarce. The health district says there is not any provider locally that has it yet. The seasonal flu season starts in February and doses aren't expected to be available by then.