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Swine flu death reported in Iron Mountain area

Victim had underlying medical conditions

November 11, 2009
By LISA M. HOFFMANN, Iron Mountain Daily News

KINGSFORD - Officials with the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department announced today the first confirmed H1N1 swine flu-related death of a district resident.

Linda Piper, district director and health officer, said the individual who died was an adult with underlying medical conditions. Because of privacy issues, no other information was being released, she said.

"This is very sad for our community," Piper said.

The Michigan Department of Community Health reports 924 hospitalizations and 28 deaths related to influenza have occurred in Michigan since Sept. 1.

"We are getting more vaccine each week and offering it to providers in the community. In addition to holding clinics ourselves, we are able to expand a little bit of it to priority groups," Piper said.

The H1N1 influenza is a virus that has been circulating since last spring.

Beginning Thursday, Dickinson and Iron County residents will be able to make appointments for the H1N1 swine flu vaccine.

The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department has two community H1N1 vaccination clinics scheduled for November.

The Iron County clinic will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the West Iron County Elementary School gymnasium, and the Dickinson County clinic will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Kingsford High School cafeteria.

These clinics are by appointment only, officials said.

Appointments will be scheduled via the appointment hotline. To make an appointment, call 779-7207 or (906) 265-4144.

Only those who fall within the priority groups and who have an appointment will receive the vaccine, officials said.

Due to limited H1N1 vaccine available, these clinics will be restricted to those who fall within the following priority groups:

- Pregnant women.

- Children and adolescents aged 6 months to 24 years.

- Persons who live with or provide care for infants less that 6 months of age.

- Person 25 -64 years who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications, such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease or neurological disease.

Additional clinics will be offered as more H1N1 vaccine becomes available, officials said. Visit or call the health department for updated information.



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