H1N1 vaccines available today

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 12, 2009

More H1N1 vaccines are available at the Pike County Health Department beginning today.

Clinic Supervisor Debbie Baker said the shots will be available Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We will give them until we run out,” Baker said.

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The target groups have been expanded and now include, pregnant women, house and caregiver contacts of children younger than 6 months, health care and emergency medical services personnel, persons from 6 months through 24 years of age, people aged 25 to 64 years old with medical conditions associated with a higher risk of flu complications.

Some of these conditions are asthma and diabetes.

Baker said the health department expects to conduct the school clinics sometime in late November, but an exact date and time has not been scheduled yet.

The health department is expected to give the nasal vaccine for Kindergarten through 9 years old, but children with asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and immounosuppression may not receive the nasal mist vaccine.

State health officials urge parents of these high risk children to consider vaccination with inactivated H1N1 vaccine, which is the shot, through their private medical provider or the county health department.