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H1N1 vaccine available in Black Hawk County

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - The Black Hawk County Health Department is ramping up efforts to administer vaccine to the most vulnerable population groups in our county in the coming weeks. Currently, there are two free public Pre-K clinics planned as well as a few school-based clinics. More public clinics will be scheduled throughout the winter months as vaccine becomes available.

The following two FREE public clinics for Black Hawk County residents are only open to Pre-K children at least 6 months old but not yet attending Kindergarten:

- Monday, December 14, 2009 at AEA 267, 3712 Cedar Heights Drive, Cedar Falls from 9am-noon and from 3pm-7pm

- Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at Waterloo East High School, 214 High Street, Waterloo from 3pm-7pm

Parents who would like to take advantage of either of the above clinics are highly encouraged to call 319-464-5060 between the hours of 8-4:30 M-F to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are subject to vaccine availability.

Allocation of the vaccine has been slowly arriving since October with the bulk passed on to health care providers in the Cedar Valley for their patients. The intent has been to vaccinate pregnant women, young children, and persons who have chronic health conditions through their own health care provider. "Now that supply has reached a certain point we feel more comfortable opening up to a larger number of persons still within the target populations set out by the Centers for Disease Control," said Black Hawk County Health Director Thomas O'Rourke. "We feel the best way to reach the ages most vulnerable to hospitalization from H1N1 influenza are to operate Pre-K and school-based vaccine sites."

There are also a few school-based clinics scheduled which are closed to the general public but intended for those school children, faculty and staff at the various locations. Information is being sent home with students as to dates and times. A statewide toll-free hotline has been established for public questions about seasonal and H1N1 influenza at 1-800-447-1985. More information can also be found at www.idph.state.ia.us.

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