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Verbatim: More H1N1 flu vaccine arrives; clinics added

Statement issued Tuesday afternoon by the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health:

Pregnant women can get the H1N1 flu vaccine today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Carew Medical Park.

The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health also announced the schedule of vaccine clinics for the remainder of the week:

  • Wednesday, 2 to 6:30 p.m. (Priority groups identified below)
  • Thursday, 1 to 6:30 p.m. (Priority groups identified below)
  • Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Firefighters and EMS workers by invitation only)
The health department continues to reserve the H1N1 vaccine for people most at risk for serious flu complications, including pregnant women, people who live with or care for infants less than 6 months of age, children and young adults, and healthcare and emergency medical services personnel.

More shipments of the H1N1 vaccine arrived this week, and the priority groups eligible for it will expand soon.

"Given our limited supply, we continue to concentrate on vaccinating those children and adults most at risk of complications," said Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan. "But as we get more vaccine, we will start to make it available to other members of the community."

More than 10,500 people have been vaccinated for H1N1 flu since the clinic opened on Oct. 9. The vaccine is free. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Anyone experiencing symptoms of influenza should stay home and contact a health care provider. People can also limit the spread of flu by covering their cough and washing their hands.

For more information, go to www.FightTheFlu.org or call 2-1-1.

Vaccines available at the Carew Medical Park clinic

H1N1 vaccine (injectable)

  • For pregnant women
  • For children age 6 months through 18 years of age
  • For persons of any age who live with or provide care for infants less than six months of age (e.g., parents, siblings, and daycare providers)
  • If a person is ill with a fever, he or she cannot get the vaccine
H1N1 FluMist vaccine (nasal spray)

  • For healthy children and young adults 2 to 24 years of age who do not have underlying health conditions
  • For persons up to age 49 who live with or provide care for infants less than six months of age (e.g., parents, siblings, and daycare providers)
  • No child younger than 2 years of age can get this vaccine
  • No adult older than 49 can get this vaccine
  • If a person has had any live vaccine such as the MMR, Varicella (chickenpox) or the seasonal flu mist vaccine in the last 28 days, he or she cannot receive the H1N1 FluMist vaccine
  • Children under the age of 10 will need two doses of the H1N1 vaccine, four weeks apart, to be fully protected.
The seasonal flu vaccine is not available at this time.

Be a Flu Fighter!

Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing

Wash your hands often with soap and water especially after you cough or sneeze

Go to www.FightTheFlu.org

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