Wednesday, November 4, 2009
H1N1 Community Clinics by Appointment Only
South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Health Department is planning to schedule H1N1 community clinics each Monday from 1-5 pm beginning November 9th. Clinics will be by appointment only. The clinics will be for those in the five priority groups according to the Center for Disease Control. The number of doses available will be limited and may vary from week to week depending on what is received from the manufacturer. North County Clinic Appointments – Please call (360) 875-9300 x2639 Monday-Friday between 9-12 and 1-4 Location – Pacific County Annex, 1216 West Robert Bush Drive, South Bend South County Clinic Appointments – Please call (360) 642-9349 (option 2) Monday-Thursday between 9-12 and 1-4 Location – South County Administration Facility, 7013 Sandridge Road, Long Beach To be eligible for the H1N1 vaccine you must be one of the following: · Pregnant · Health care or emergency service personnel with direct patient care · Household contact of an infant less than 6 months of age (parent, sibling, daycare provider) · Age 4-24 years · Age 25 through 64 with underlying health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza AND: · Be healthy at the time of vaccination and have no fever or respiratory illness · Have no sensitivity or allergy to foods (gelatin, eggs/egg protein), medication (gentamycin, Neosporin, polymyxin B, vaccine component), or have had a serious reaction to influenza vaccination in the past · Have not received antiviral medication for influenza (tamiflu, relenza) in the past two days Children under the age of 4 will not be vaccinated in these clinics. Please contact your private provider to have your child age 6 months to 4 years vaccinated. By late November the Pacific County Health Department hopes to be able to provide vaccine to anyone that is interested in being vaccinated, regardless of age or underlying health condition. We also plan to schedule school based clinics when adequate amounts of vaccine becomes available. We appreciate the public’s patience and cooperation. The Pacific County Health Department is working hard to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible. We have provided a limited number of doses to private health care providers in our area and will continue to work with our providers to have vaccine available for use with their patients. If you need additional information about H1N1 influenza there is 24 hour information available in both English and Spanish at 888-703-4364. Information may also be obtained through the Washington State Department of Health website at www.doh.wa.gov/h1n1/.