President and Michelle Obama have just received their vaccinations against the H1N1 flu virus. In Connecticut, health officials say vaccinations are now available to the general public. WNPR’s Diane Orson has a swine flu update:
In the past few weeks, Connecticut has seen a dramatic decline in the number of cases of H1N1. There were 3,001 confirmed cases in the second wave of the pandemic as of Tuesday afternoon, but that’s only a fraction of the actual number of cases because so few people are tested. Diana Lejardi is a spokesperson for the state Department of Public Health.
"We actually peaked in the third week of November and fortunately, we’re on the downward trend of that wave. However, it is possible that we may see a third wave or a resurgence of this H1N1 in the coming months. It's very hard to tell. Historically, pandemics do come in waves."
The state has received over a million doses of vaccine. Lejardi says anyone interested in receiving a swine flu vaccination should contact their health provider or visit the DPH website for a listing of public clinics.
For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.