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Verbatim: Free H1N1 flu vaccine offered

Statement issued Monday:

The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health continues to offer free H1N1 flu vaccine at its Carew Medical Park clinic on Tuesdays from 1 to 6 p.m. The clinic will be open Jan. 26 and again on Feb. 2.

Both the H1N1 nasal spray and the H1N1 injection are available at the clinic. The nasal spray vaccine is recommended for healthy people ages 2 through 49. The H1N1 shot is recommended for all others.

Parkview Health is providing space for the clinic at Carew Medical Park, 1818 Carew St. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (with notarized documentation. Parents should bring the H1N1 vaccination records for children who are returning for a second dose.

H1N1 vaccine is also available at area CVS, Walgreens and Kroger pharmacies. These stores may charge an administration fee for the vaccine. See you local pharmacy for availability.

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

Vaccines available at the Carew Medical Park

H1N1 vaccine (injectable)

  • For anyone 6 months of age or older, including those with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease
  • No child younger than 6 months can get the vaccine
  • If a person is ill with a fever, he or she cannot get this vaccine
H1N1 FluMist vaccine (nasal spray)

  • For healthy children and young adults 2 to 49 years of age who do not have underlying health conditions
  • No child younger than 2 years of age can get this vaccine
  • No adult older than 49 can get this vaccine
  • Pregnant women 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. Parents should bring the H1N1 vaccination records for children who are returning for a second dose.

Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (with notarized documentation).

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