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Oct 1, 2009 8:03 PM by Evan Anderson

H1N1 Virus Vaccinations

Thanks to an emergency order by the governor, soon, you might be able to get a seasonal flu shot and an H1N1 vaccination at your local pharmacy or health clinic.

Governor Jindal joined the department of health and hospitals to launch the "Fight The Flu campaign."

The governor made his first stop in downtown Lafayette at Teche Drugs to launch the campaign. It's a statewide effort to prevent the spread of the flu and the H1N1 virus.

Lafayette was one of the hardest hit areas in Louisiana during the first outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus last Spring, In fact, it was the first city in the state to close a school in an effort to limit the spread of the virus. Now, months away from what many are expecting to be an extremely active flu season, which usually kicks off during the months of February and March. Governor Bobby Jindal came back to the place where it all began, this time, launching a "Fight The Flu" campaign.

This campaign will promote immunizations and hygiene to prevent the spread of the seasonal flu, in addition to the H1N1 virus.

"We've done over 900, 950 doses." said Ryan Dartez

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nd that's just in the last month. Ryan Dartez, owner of Teche Drugs says for the first time in state history, the governor has issued an emergency order to allow board certified pharmacists to administer both the seasonal flu vaccine, and the H1N1 vaccine, without a prescription.

"It really takes a barrier down to getting the people the coverage they really need." said Dartez

Teche Drugs was the first in our area to register and be approved to administer the H1N1 vaccine.

"We were the first to turn it in. We hand delivered it." said Dartez

Staring sometime around mid to late October, the state will receive about 900,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccination. But, the governor says don't wait till then, the H1N1 vaccine is not a replacement for the seasonal flu vaccine.

"You still need the other. One does not substitute." said Governor Jindal

More than 1600 agencies across the state have already applied to administer the H1N1 vaccination. So far, Teche Drugs is one of the only pharmacies in our area that have been approved. If you want more information about the seasonal flu or the H1N1 virus, Visit this website,

www.fighttheflula.com

Evan Anderson

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