Updated: Monday, 26 Apr 2010, 4:37 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 26 Apr 2010, 4:36 PM EDT
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The state department of health says it is pulling the plug on its H1N1 flu hotline because it wasn't being used enough.
The health department made the announcement Monday but added that the deactivation of the hotline does not mean the 2009 H1N1 flu has gone away.
"We are still keeping a close eye on this pandemic, and will reactivate the line if it is needed again in the near future,” State Health Commissioner Dr. Gregory Larkin was quoted in a press release.
The statement adds that, according to the CDC, 2009 H1N1 activity is ongoing and they encourage 2009 H1N1 vaccination for all people six months of age and older.
“It’s not too late to get your H1N1 flu vaccine,” said Dr. Larkin. “I urge anyone who wants to protect themselves against 2009 H1N1 flu to get vaccinated, but in particular those people at higher risk of serious complications, including pregnant women, people with certain health conditions, and individuals 65 years and older.”
To find locations for getting the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine, visit in.gov/flu or call the health department at (317) 233-1325.
The health department says it will reactivate the hotline if necessary.