Littauer will continue vaccinations for December

Littauer to hold H1N1 (Swine flu) vaccination clinic

Public Advisory


Event: Swine Flu Vaccination Clinic

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2009

Place: Littauer’s Gloversville Primary Care Center, 99 East State Street, Gloversville, NY

Times: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm – Established Littauer Primary Care Patients

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm – All walk-ins welcome- WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!


Johnstown, NY —Nathan Littauer’s Primary Care Network will be holding an H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccination clinic at their Gloversville Primary Care Center located next to the Hospital at 99 East State Street. Established patients will be vaccinated first, from the hours of 9am to 1pm. Those people who are not established patients can be vaccinated between the hours of 1pm to 4pm, while supplies last.

All patients will be asked to complete a consent form, which will be available on site. Patients will be vaccinated according to the New York State Department of Health Guidelines. For more information, people may email the hospital at or contact Littauer’s Flu Resource Line at 773-5399.

Update about H1N1

Last updated Tuesday, November 3, 2009

At Littauer, we understand your concerns about the limited supply of the H1N1 vaccine. The production of H1N1 vaccines has encountered manufacturing delays on a national basis. However, we are closely monitoring notices of availability of the seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccines. Recently, our primary care centers have been notified that:

  • The NYS Department of Health told hospitals last week that we will likely receive only 1 dose of the vaccine for every 20 doses we requested.
  • The shortage means that Littauer’s Primary Care sites will likely receive a limited supply in three to four weeks for its established patients.
  • At this point, we do not anticipate receiving our full order of the H1N1 flu vaccine in the coming weeks.

Obviously, we cannot vaccinate everyone who would like the H1N1 vaccine. We are strictly following the recommendations outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Therefore, we are obligated to vaccinate our established patients in the following order:

  • Pregnant women;
  • Children and young people ages 6 months through 24 years (infants under 6 months cannot be vaccinated);
  • People who live with or provide care for infants under six months of age;
  • People ages 25-64 years old who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for flu-related complications (including cancer, blood disorders, chronic lung disease, asthma, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disorders, liver disorders, neurological disorders, neuromuscular disorders, and weakened immune systems); and
  • Health care workers and emergency medical services personnel who have direct patient contact.

However, when we do receive supply of we will take the following steps:

  1. Established patients of Nathan Littauer’s Primary Care Network who fall within the priority groups recommended by the CDC will receive the vaccine first.
  2. Our Primary Care Network will be contacting those patients who are on waiting lists and are considered high-risk patients to arrange for the vaccination.
  3. Many of our primary care offices have extensive waiting lists of high priority patients and many vaccines are already spoken for.

If you are not an established Littauer primary care patient please contact your physician or county health department.

Litttauer’s Dr. Duthaler provides expertise to WTEN

Dr. Todd Duthaler

Nathan Littauer’s Chief of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Todd Duthaler, recently conducted an interview at WTEN regarding the H1N1 flu.

Dr. Duthaler was asked to lend his opinion on the current flu pandemic. He provided insight about flu complications and gave advice about preventing and treating the H1N1 virus.

Watch the entire interview

“More and more media outlets are turning to Littauer for crucial information during this flu season.” stated Cheryl McGrattan spokeswoman for Littauer.” Ms. McGrattan added, “We will always be glad to provide information to our community.”

Littauer prepares for H1N1

NLH Employees take flu season seriouslyShots of Health

By RODNEY MINOR, The Leader-Herald

First published in print: Sunday, September 20, 2009

Some people may need to get two flu shots this year. One for the seasonal flu and the other for the H1N1, the virus more widely known as swine flu.

Seasonal flu shots already are available in some places. Plans are being made for when and where inoculations of the separate H1N1 vaccine will be available.

The first cases of the H1N1 virus appeared in the U.S. in March and April, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By the end of April, the federal government had declared a public health emergency. Cases of H1N1 have since been reported in all 50 states.

Fulton County Public Health Director Denise Frederick said involved agencies in the state were still planning, as of Wednesday, on how the swine flu vaccine will be distributed to the public.

Karen Levison, the director of Hamilton County Public Health and Nursing Services, said the state has to wait for the CDC to release the vaccine. Each state will get a certain amount of the vaccine, which it will then determine how to distribute to the counties and what people take priority in getting it.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the new swine flu vaccine Tuesday. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the vaccine’s approval to Congress – and said she hopes to get the first limited supplies distributed early in October.

The bulk of vaccine will start arriving Oct. 15, and Sebelius said it should be available at 90,000 sites around the country. The government has ordered 195 million doses for now but may order more if needed, she said. Typically 100 million Americans seek the flu vaccine every year. Researchers have said one dose of the new swine flu vaccine looks strong enough to protect adults – and can begin protection within 10 days of the shot.

It is expected that pregnant women and children will take priority when it comes to who will be eligible to get the vaccine first. Levison said there has been some discussion of going through Obstetrician and Gynecologists to make sure pregnant women get the vaccine, which inoculates the unborn child as well.

Frederick said people who already have medical conditions compromising their health also will be high on the priority list. She said the people who have died of swine flu, similar to seasonal flu, normally have had some other condition compromising their health. The swine flu weakened their body to a point where it could no longer hold off the other problem.

Mary Constantino, family nurse practitioner and infection control officer at Nathan Littauer?Hospital in Gloversville, said those highest at risk for swine flu will be inoculated first. Continue reading “Littauer prepares for H1N1”