Douglas County Man Dies With H1N1 Flu

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

A Douglas County man has died after contracting the H1N1 strain of the flu. The Douglas County Health Department is unable to release the identity of the man, but reports he was in his 30s and had been hospitalized since November. Early in his hospital stay he tested positive for H1N1. The Health Department says he had several underlying health conditions and remained hospitalized until his death in January.

Health Director Dr. Adi Pour says, “This is another tragic loss for our community." She adds, “While flu activity is down, H1N1 still has the potential to cause serious health problems. Please get vaccinated.”

Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services concurs. She says, "Although we’re not seeing a lot of flu activity right now, the traditional flu season is far from over. Flu viruses still have the potential to pick up the pace."

Dr. Schaefer adds, “This is a sad reminder that H1N1 can be a very serious illness, and I offer my condolences to the family.”

So far, there have been a total of 15 H1N1 flu deaths reported in the state.

Douglas County continues to provide free drop-in clinics where people can be vaccinated for H1N1. Appointments can be made for One World Health Center by calling 734-4110. Public walk-ins are welcome at Charles Drew health Center. The days and hours of the clinics:

Mondays:
The Douglas County Health Department WIC Clinic, second floor of the Center Mall, 42nd and Center, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha Campus, Building 10, noon – 4 p.m.
One World Health Center, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Charles Drew Health Center, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesdays:
The Douglas County Health Department WIC Clinic, second floor of the Center Mall, 42nd and Center, noon – 4 p.m.
Metropolitan Community College South Campus, the Connector Building, noon - 4 p.m.
One World Health Center, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Charles Drew Health Center, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesdays:
Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha Campus, Building 10, 2 - 6 p.m.
Common Ground Community Center, 1701 Veterans Drive in Elkhorn, meeting room off main entrance, 2 - 6 p.m.
One World Health Center, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Charles Drew Health Center, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursdays:
Metropolitan Community College South Campus, the Connector Building, 2 - 6 p.m.
One World Health Center, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Charles Drew Health Center, 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Fridays:
Metropolitan Community College Elkhorn Valley Campus, Commons Area, 3 - 6 p.m.
One World Health Center, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Charles Drew Health Center, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturdays:
Metropolitan Community College Elkhorn Valley Campus, Commons Area, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

If you have questions about the flu, please call the Douglas County Health Department’s H1N1 Information Line at 444-3400.


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