Dr. Breland urges residents to get H1N1 vaccine

Press Release

COLUMBUS, GA - Dr. Burnis D. Breland, M.S., Pharm.D., FASHP, is the Director of Pharmacy for Columbus Regional Healthcare.   He is a strong advocate for vaccinations.

  Vaccination campaigns, he reminds us, have been around since childhood, such as campaigns to prevent polio, smallpox and other life threatening diseases.

Dr. Breland knows firsthand how the 2009 H1N1 Virus can be extremely severe.  His teen-age son, who is a college student, became ill from the 2009 H1N1 Virus before the vaccine was made available.  His son's illness evolved to severe pneumonia.   He suffered weight loss, disorientation, high fever, and was in the intensive care unit for a period.  He was treated with antibiotics and an antiviral, and still, it took weeks for his son to recover.

ith flu, the vaccination regimen is different from diseases such as smallpox and polio.  One vaccine will not take care of us for a lifetime.  This is because the virus changes over time.  Thus, we need to be vaccinated against influenza each and every year.

This season, with the presence of the new 2009 H1N1 Virus, individuals need two separate flu vaccinations; seasonal flu and the 2009 H1N1 Vaccine.  He urges residents to take action and get vaccinated.  It's not too late to get the 2009 H1N1 Vaccination!

Dr. Breland states that the same process for manufacturing and testing is being used as with other vaccines.  He passionately states:  "The 2009 H1N1 Vaccine has been tested. Now that mass vaccination programs have begun, it has shown to be effective and as safe as other vaccines. "

Individuals interested in getting the 2009 H1N1 Vaccine, can do so free of charge at their local health departments. 

To contact the health department in your area, you can visit www.westcentralhealthdistrict.com or call the Columbus Health Department at (706) 321-6300.

Source: West Central Health District