Archive for Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department encourages H1N1 vaccinations, schedules more clinics

January 5, 2010

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department still encourages people to get the H1N1 flu vaccine.

Flu season typically lasts through May, and past pandemics have occurred in waves.

Swine Flu Pandemic

An outbreak of H1N1 Swine Flu was reported in Mexico in April 2009. By the end of May, it had spread across the U.S., with all 50 states reporting cases.

“With holiday travel and children and young adults returning to school in January, it’s possible that there will be another increase in H1N1 illness. Getting vaccinated is your best protection against the virus,” Director Dan Partridge said.

The health department has scheduled the following clinics:

• Wednesday, Jan. 6 — 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Eudora Middle School, 2635 Church St., Eudora.

• Thursday, Jan. 7— 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Baldwin High School, 415 Eisenhower St., Baldwin City.

• Saturday, Jan. 9 — 9 a.m. to noon, Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St., Lawrence.

• Tuesday, Jan. 12 — 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Community Health Facility.

As part of the federal vaccination program, the H1N1 immunization will be available at no charge. No appointment is necessary.

The Health Department encourages children under 10, who have received their first dose of the H1N1 vaccine, to receive their second booster immunization at the upcoming clinics. A period of one month must have passed between the child’s first and second doses.

For more information or to download a consent form visit the health department’s Web site at www.ldchealth.org.

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