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H1N1 flu shot still offered at health department

H1N1 flu shot still offered at health department
 The Weakley County Health Department is still accepting appointments for the administration of the H1N1 injectable vaccine.

While children and pregnant women fall into the list of those eligible to receive an injectable H1N1 vaccine, the department will continue to take appointments until there is no availability of the shot.

The vaccines will be provided at no charge.

Those offered the H1N1 injectable vaccine include:

• Pregnant women

• Caregivers of children less than 6 months of age including day care providers

• All persons aged 6 months through 24 years (especially children less than 5 years old and the chronically ill)

• Health care workers and emergency medical services personnel

• Persons aged 25 through 64 with certain chronic medical conditions.

If a person is not among these groups, he/she will not be able to receive the H1N1 injectable vaccine at this time.

However, they may be eligible for the Flumist vaccine, which can be provided to healthy persons ages 2 to 49.

No shortage of 2009 H1N1 vaccine is expected. Initially, only limited quantities and types of vaccine will be available. The Tennessee Department of Health expects to receive enough H1N1 vaccine in coming weeks, so anyone who wants to receive it can do so.

The Weakley County Health Department will continue to announce future H1N1 clinics as more vaccine becomes available. Call the health department at 364-2210 to schedule an H1N1 vaccine appointment.
WCP 11.05.09

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