Indiana Reports Third Pandemic H1N1 Influenza Death

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State Health Commissioner Judy Monroe, M.D., today reported a resident of Dearborn County has died from complications related to pandemic H1N1 influenza, the third death linked to this novel flu virus in Indiana.

"I was saddened to hear of yet another death from pandemic H1N1 flu and would like to offer my deepest sympathies to the family for their loss," said Dr. Monroe.

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) will not be releasing any other information about the individual for confidentiality reasons.

In preparation for the fall flu season and the possibility of mass vaccinations, the Indiana State Department of Health and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are working diligently with local health departments and Emergency Management Agencies (EMA). Nearly 180 public health officials and EMA representatives from around the state met on July 27 in Orange County and another is scheduled for August 4 in Wabash County.

Dr. Monroe wants everyone to do their part to limit the spread of this virus and practice the three C's:

· Clean - properly wash your hands frequently

· Cover - cover your cough and sneeze

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· Contain - contain your germs by staying home if you are sick.

Other important steps the public can take to prepare for a pandemic or any public health emergency are:

· Store a supply of water and food to last for two weeks. If you cannot get to a store, or stores are low on supplies, it will be important for you to have extra supplies on hand.

· Have any nonprescription drugs and health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.

· Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.

· Find out if your job requires additional preparation or prevention steps and talk to your supervisor about your company's Continuity of Operations Plan (i.e. can employees work from home, if needed?).

· Have an alternative childcare plan if schools and daycares are closed.

· Volunteer with local groups to prepare and assist with emergency response.

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