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As part of the next phase of the Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) strategy to provide vaccine to Ohioans, the department has told its partners to expand H1N1 influenza vaccine eligibility to all Ohioans beginning Dec. 14. “We continue to urge high-risk Ohioans to seek H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines,” ODH Director Alvin D. Jackson, M.D said.
Nearly 2.3 million doses of the vaccine are already available in the state, and more is expected to arrive each week. Health officials evaluated several factors before making the decision to lift restrictions on vaccine eligibility, including prior vaccine distribution, feedback from local health departments and discussions with other state and federal health officials.
ODH and local partners have used various strategies to reach the at-risk populations including school-based, appointment-only and mass clinics and distribution to private providers to reach at-risk Ohioans.
In a sea of conflicting and confusing health information, parents have always turned to their family pediatrician as a trusted source of advice. Now, in a virtual extension of the pediatrician’s office, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is bringing pediatrician-approved health information to the Internet with the launch of HealthyChildren.org.
Backed by 60,000 pediatricians, HealthyChildren.org offers trustworthy, up-to-the-minute health advice and guidance for parents and caregivers, along with interactive tools and personalized content.
“Parents have hundreds of questions about their children’s health, and they want detailed answers,” said Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, a practicing pediatrician and medical editor of HealthyChildren.org. “HealthyChildren.org empowers parents to be proactive about their children’s health, whether it’s learning about the vaccines their infant needs, the developmental milestones to watch for in their toddler, or how to stay connected with their teenager.”
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