JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Duval County Health Dept has confirmed the deaths of women in Jacksonville this month with cases of the H1N1 virus, commonly called swine flu.
Other than the fact that one woman was 33 and the other was 43, no other information was released about the women.
This brings the death toll in Jacksonville to three and raises the number in Florida to 48. The Florida Department of Health said 536 with confirmed cases of swine flu required hospitalization as of Aug. 12.
“We need to keep our guard up because it’s a new kind of flu and it’s quite contagious,” Dr. Robert Harmon, director of the Duval County Health Department, said last month.. “It has the potential to mutate and spread and become a serious problem. That’s why the World Health Organization has declared a pandemic.”
With an expected swine flu vaccine expected to be available this fall, local health departments are trying to start regular flu vaccinations as soon as shipments of the seasonal flu vaccine arrive at the end of this month so they can focus on the H1N1 vaccinations when they become available in the fall.
I know that people are going to say “Oh, big deal, people die from the flu every year”, but women in their 30s and 40s don’t.