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Verbatim: More H1N1 flu clinics scheduled this week

Statement issued Tuesday:

The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health announced the schedule of H1N1 vaccine clinics at Carew Medical Park for the remainder of the week:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 11, closed due to Veteran’s Day
  • Thursday, Nov. 12, 2 to 6:30 p.m. (H1N1 injectable and nasal spray vaccine for those eligible)
  • Friday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (H1N1 injectable and nasal spray vaccine for those eligible)

Individuals within the following priority groups are currently eligible for H1N1 vaccination:

  • pregnant women
  • people who live with or care for infants under 6 months of age
  • children and young people from 6 months old to 24 years old
  • adults age 25 through 64 with chronic health conditions
  • health care and emergency medical services personnel

Seasonal flu vaccine for children 6mo-18yrs will also be offered on Thursday and Friday while supplies last.

Nearly 14,000 people have been vaccinated for H1N1 flu since the clinic opened on Oct. 9. Parkview Health is providing space for the clinic at Carew Medical Park, 1818 Carew St. The vaccines are 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 Thursday and Friday

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)
  • For adults age 25 through 64 with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease

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

Pregnant woman cannot 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.

Seasonal Flu vaccine (injectable)

  • For children 6 months to 18 years of age

No child younger than six months can get the vaccine

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