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Sedgwick County through second wave of H1N1, official tells commissioners

The second wave of H1N1 is over in Sedgwick County, an H1N1 incident responder told commissioners today.

Janice McCoy, a health protection coordinator and an HIN1 responder for the county, said the county’s rate of influenza-like illnesses were below the state’s baseline.

H1N1 cases continue to drop and are below seasonal flu rates, she said.

Seven deaths in Sedgwick County were confirmed as caused by H1N1, she said. There were 317 confirmed cases from April 1, 2009, through March 5.

The county received 160,000 doses of vaccine through March 5, and about 118,300 doses were administered, which covered about 25 percent of the population. Private providers administered 60,300 doses, and the county’s health department administered 58,000.

The county’s H1N1 clinic at the Wichita Mall on East Harry will be open through March 26.