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District Health Department starting H1N1 flu shot clinics

Published 11:58am Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Van-Buren/Cass District Health Department will begin their H1N1 Flu Vaccination Clinics by having clinics limited to those individuals considered high risk.

Clinics will be placed in large facilities with ample parking, handicap accessibility and inside waiting areas. Because the vaccine is federally funded, there will be no charge.

The first of several clinics will be held in Van Buren County Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Van Buren ISD Technology Center, 250 South St. in Lawrence.

The clinic is limited to those considered at highest risk of flu complications. The targeted groups to receive the vaccine include:

-Pregnant Women

-Children and young adults age 6 months to 24 years old

-Individuals who live with or care for infants less than 6 months old.

-Adults 25-64 years old with underlying medical conditions.

-Health care workers with direct patient contact.

The next clinic will be held in Cass County in the very near future. Additional clinics will be held at South Haven and Paw Paw.

If you do not fit into one of the groups mentioned above, you will not be served. The H1N1 supply for this clinic is limited and it is very important to vaccinate those individuals considered highest risk first. Eventually, once the supply of the vaccine increases, everyone who wants the vaccine will be able to get it.

There will be additional clinics to accommodate individuals not in the above target groups and for children less than 10 years old who will need a second dose of the vaccine.

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