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H1N1 Vaccine in Linn County

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Linn County Public Health (LCPH) will be offering Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine Live, Intranasal to priority groups this Friday November 6th at Hawkeye Downs located at 4400 6th St. S.W. starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 2:00 p.m. or until the supply is gone. Vaccine supplies are still extremely limited therefore the clinic will only be administering Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine Live, Intranasal. This particular form of H1N1 vaccine will be delivered to the following groups of healthy people:
  • health care workers and emergency response personnel under age 49 who have direct contact with patients;
  • persons who live with or provide care for infants less than 6 months that are healthy and under 49 years of age; or
  • children 2 - 18 years of age.

Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine Live, Intranasal is not recommended for the following;

  • people with medical conditions that place them at high risk for complications from influenza, including those with chronic heart or lung disease, such as asthma or reactive airways disease; people with medical conditions such as diabetes or kidney failure; or people with illnesses that weaken the immune system or who take medications that can weaken the immune system;
  • children age 2 through 4 years of age with possible reactive airway disease (recurrent wheezing or a wheezing episode within the past 12 months);
  • children or adolescents receiving aspirin therapy;
  • pregnant women;
  • people with a history of allergy to any of the components of LAIV or to eggs.

"The intranasal flu mist vaccine is a safe and recommended form of vaccine to protect you from the H1N1 virus" said Curtis Dickson, Linn County Public Health Director. The nasal spray flu mist vaccine has been in use since 2003 and has been proven to be a safe alternative to injections for healthy individuals. Dickson also states "LCPH continues to receive very limited supply of the injectable form of H1N1 vaccine. When sufficient supplies of the injectable vaccine are available, additional public clinics will be held."

Interpreters will be on site Friday during the clinic to assist in registration and education for individuals that need language assistance. The vaccine will be given on a first come, first served basis. Individuals in the target groups will be assigned a number up to the amount of H1N1 flu mist available at the clinic. This will help prevent people from waiting in line if there will not be enough vaccine. If vaccine runs out, more clinics will be scheduled in November as vaccine becomes available.

We thank the community for their patience and understanding during this flu season. Some individuals are at greater risk than others and need the available vaccine while others of us can wait until more vaccine is available. Your cooperation is appreciated.

For more detailed information about 2009 H1N1 influenza, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/h1n1/default.asp.

www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu, or call 1-800-CDC-INFO

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