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City EMS Providers to Receive H1N1 Vaccinations


(Friday, October 9, 2009) --- Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced today that City and County emergency medical service providers will begin receiving the H1N1 vaccination on Saturday, October 10 and continuing through Monday, October 12, 2009.


Mayor Hannemann, Fire Chief Kenneth Silva, and representatives from the State Department of Health (DOH) will be at the Waikiki Fire Station on Saturday October 10 at 1:30 p.m. to observe the vaccine being administered and to make comments about the City's preparations for the coming flu season and the distribution of H1N1 vaccine.


The H1N1 vaccine administered on Saturday is the nasal spray formulation, which is intended for healthy, non-pregnant people between the age of 2 and 49. It is part of the first H1N1vaccine allocation from the Centers for Disease Control to the DOH. One target of this early vaccine distribution includes healthcare workers such as the City's emergency medical service personnel and firefighters.


"Given that EMS personnel and firefighters provide direct patient care, we want to provide this vaccine to protect our first responder workforce, their families, and most importantly the patients they care for," said Mayor Hannemann.  "We don't know how severe the flu will be this season but we do know that there are steps we can all take to prevent seasonal flu or the H1N1 flu from spreading. And we know that more vaccine will be coming very soon for other essential city workers including our police officers, lifeguards, bus drivers, road crews all the workers who provide services that the public depends on," said Hannemann.