Monday, November 9, 2009

H1N1 Vaccine Clinic Open Today from 5p-8p

The Public Health H1N1 vaccine clinic will be open tonight, Monday November 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. The clinic is located at 6100 E Fourth Plain Blvd, Vancouver. There is no charge for vaccinations.

Public Health will hold an additional vaccine clinic on Saturday, November 14 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at a location yet to be determined.

Because of the limited supply of vaccine, vaccinations will only be administered to the following priority groups:
  • Pregnant women because they are at high risk of complications from H1N1.
  • Healthcare workers because they can be a potential source of infection for vulnerable patients and also because increased absenteeism among healthcare professionals could reduce healthcare system capacity.
  • Children ages 6 months through age 19 in group settings, which increases the likelihood of disease spread.
  • Parents and caregivers of children younger than 6 months, so they don’t pass the virus to their infants.
  • People ages 6 months to 64 years with chronic medical conditions that put them at a higher risk for influenza-related complications including: chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, cognitive, neurologic/neuromuscular, hematologic, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus), and immunosuppression (including immunosuppression caused by medications or by human immunodeficiency virus)

By vaccinating these groups first, public health protects those at greatest risk while reducing the spread of H1N1 into the community.

If you have concerns about whether you fall into a priority group, call your doctor or the Southwest Washington Regional Call Center at 1-877-510-2772.

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