Swine Flu Hotline

Many families that have been affected by the H1N1 virus are unsure of what to do.

To handle the overflow of questions, the Marquette County Health Department has set up a hotline.

They got it up and running this morning along with help from the State Police and volunteers.

You can call tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday from 8am to 5pm.

Community health director George Sedlacek says after Tuesday, the Health Department will assess how great the need is, and they may keep the hotline going past that point if there’s enough need.

He says it’s a good resource if you know you’re sick but don’t know if you actually have flu.

The Health Department hopes more vaccine will come in by mid-November for the general population.

Right now, they’re concentrating on getting the doses they have to pregnant women, young kids and those with weakened immune systems.

The phone numbers for the hotline are 475-1175, 475-1176 or toll-free at 1-888-363-9708.

You can also learn more about both the swine flu and seasonal flu at the Health Department’s website, www.mqthealth.org .