Littauer will continue vaccinations for December

Littauer to hold H1N1 (Swine flu) vaccination clinic

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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.

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Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home is committed to providing you with the information you need for 2009/2010 flu season. We now have a new section on our website specifically to share information that will help keep you and your family healthy this flu season.

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What Everyone Should Know About H1N1

(Source: New York State Department of Health)

What are the symptoms of the H1N1 virus?
The flu usually starts suddenly and may include these symptoms: fever (usually high), headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches. Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, may occur in children but are rare in adults.

Are some people at higher risk for complications than others from getting the flu?
Yes. People at high risk for serious flu complications include older people, young children, and people of any age with certain health conditions.

What are the complications associated with the H1N1 virus?
Some of the complications caused by flu include pneumonia, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes. Children may get sinus problems and ear infections.

What is the difference between a cold and the flu?
The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests can be carried out, when needed, to tell if a person has the flu; these tests usually must be done within the first few days of illness.

What are the symptoms of the flu versus the symptoms of a cold?
In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness and dry cough are more common and intense. Colds tend to develop gradually, while the flu tends to start very suddenly. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.

What should I do if I’m experiencing flu like symptoms?
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) it is important for anyone with flu like symptoms to do the following:

  • Rest
  • Drink fluids
  • Take fever reducers (i.e., Tylenol, Motrin)
  • Contact your primary care provider as soon as possible if you are pregnant or have chronic medical conditions that could put you at risk for complications from influenza or if your symptoms worsen.

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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.