Update on Seasonal Flu Vaccine & H1N1 Flu Vaccine

News from Health, Posted on Wed, 10/14/2009 - 11:02am

SEASONAL FLU VACCINE

NOTE: Your own doctor may be your best option for getting seasonal flu vaccine. Many health care providers have received supplies of seasonal flu vaccine, while other providers are still waiting to receive their vaccines. Providers will continue to receive vaccines in the coming weeks, and vaccination for seasonal flu will continue through November and December, in time to provide protection against the seasonal flu.

The Cattaraugus County Health Department DOES plan to hold additional immunization clinics to administer seasonal flu vaccine as soon as additional vaccine arrives.

Check with your regular health care provider to see if he/she will offer their patients the seasonal flu vaccine. There may also be other sources of seasonal flu vaccine available locally, such as pharmacies and other retail outlets. Check www.FluClinicLocator.org to see if there are any vaccine clinics scheduled at retail outlets near you.

H1N1 FLU VACCINE

NOTE: H1N1 vaccine will begin to be generally available to persons in priority groups beginning the first week of November and to the general public in December. But not everyone will be able to get vaccinated at once. Please be patient. Vaccinations will continue through November and December. It's never too late to get vaccinated!

At this time, the Cattaraugus County Health Department is aware of some private health care providers in our county that have ordered H1N1 flu vaccine.

Check with your regular health care provider to see if he/she will offer their patients the H1N1 vaccine.

The Cattaraugus County Health Department DOES plan to hold immunization clinics to administer H1N1 flu vaccine.

H1N1 vaccine will not be delivered all at once, so your patience is appreciated. Clinics will be scheduled once we have sufficient vaccine available. Check this website frequently for future clinic dates and locations.

At this time, individuals in the following priority groups are recommended to receive the H1N1 flu vaccine:

  • Pregnant women
  • Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age
  • Health care and emergency medical services workers
  • All people from 6 months through 24 years of age
  • Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of serious illness and medical complications from the flu.

Once individuals in these priority groups have had a chance to get vaccinated, H1N1 flu vaccine will be available to everyone who wants it.

Check with your regular health care provider to see if he/she will offer their patients the H1N1 flu vaccine. There may also be other sources of H1N1 vaccine available locally, such as pharmacies and other retail outlets. Check www.FluClinicLocator.org to see if there are any vaccine clinics scheduled at retail outlets near you.

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