H1N1 affecting up to 10% of Wilmington population

Reported by Scott Saxton - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - About 10% of the population in the Wilmington area is considered to be affected by the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, according to Dr. Sam Spicer with the New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Spicer was a guest on Carolina in the Morning Tuesday during the monthly First Response segment.  Dr. Spicer said about 95% of the cases they are seeing now involve the swine flu.

Spicer also addressed the fact that the vaccine is not available in mass quantities in our region yet.

"It takes quite a while to develop the vaccine," Dr. Sam Spicer said.

Spicer pointed out the high risk categories for H1N1 are pregnant women and children under 5 in one group, and the second group is children ages 5-24 who have chronic and underlying diseases.

Children over the age of 5 and senior citizens are considered in the tier two of need for getting the H1N1 vaccine, according to Spicer.  He says those folks could still go to the health department and get on the waiting list for a vaccination.

WECT features a First Response segment each month on Carolina in the Morning, where community leaders take questions from viewers on various issues.

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