H1N1 Update- November 9
Approximately 2,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine will be available at a shot clinic this Friday. The Cascade City-County Health Department received its largest shipment to date and has expanded eligibility to include adults up to age 64 with long term health conditions.
“The CDC guidelines outlined for us who was at highest risk and so those are the groups we targeted first. Now that we’ve received a larger shipment, we are so pleased to be able to offer this vaccine to an expanded group that includes those adults who are also at risk,” says Alicia Thompson, CCHD Health Officer. The Health Department will continue to vaccinate all others who were eligible for previous clinics.
Children ages 9 and under who received their first dose will be able to receive a booster shot at a clinic being scheduled for early December. “Children who need a booster should wait a minimum of a month to receive that shot, but that is just a minimum. We want to try to take care of the children who were vaccinated at any of our first three clinics with one booster shot clinic, so for some it may be 6 weeks later and that is alright,” says Trixie Smith, Prevention Services Manager of CCHD.
Who Is Eligible?
1. Pregnant Women
2. Emergency medical services personnel
3. Children aged 6 months – 4 years old
4. Children and adults ages 5 – 64 years who have long term medical conditions that put them at higher risk for flu related complications*
5. Persons who live with or care for infants under 6 months old (eg, parents, siblings, daycare providers)
Where & When Will the Vaccine Be Available?
The City-County Health Department will be offering the vaccine to the above eligible populations on:
Friday, November 13th from 9am-1pm at the Exhibition Hall at MT ExpoPark. The vaccine will be provided at no cost.
In future weeks, as more vaccine becomes available, we will be able to offer it to more people- however now, due to such small amounts, we can only offer it to those who are at highest risk of complications from the flu. We appreciate your understanding and patience.
Please visit our Flu Updates Website or call the Flu Hotline at 877-701-8555 for more updated information.