Fort Wayne-Allen County Health Department press release:
Only H1N1 vaccine to be offered at Carew clinic
The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health will only be giving out H1N1 nasal spray vaccine at its clinic at Carew Medical Park.
Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan made the decision today to focus only on giving H1N1 vaccine in an effort to get more children vaccinated. The department will not be offering the seasonal flu shot at this time.
Already this year, there have been 76 pediatric flu deaths, including 29 since August 30, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We know that H1N1 is the flu strain that is primarily circulating at this time so that’s why we want to make that our focus for vaccination,” McMahan says.
The nasal mist vaccine is the only type of H1N1 vaccine being offered right now. This vaccine is being reserved for healthy, non-pregnant people between the ages of 2 and 24. You cannot receive this vaccine if you have asthma or are sick with a stuffy nose.
Parkview Health is providing space for the clinic at Carew Medical Park, 1818 Carew St. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No appointment is necessary. The clinic is open today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again on Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
H1N1 FluMist vaccine (nasal spray)
For healthy, non-asthmatic children and young adults 2 to 24 years of age.
Children under the age of 10 will need two doses of the H1N1 vaccine, four weeks apart, to be fully protected.
No child younger than 2 years of age can get this vaccine
You cannot get this vaccine if you have asthma or other respiratory condition. If you just have a mild cold or other illness without a stuffy nose, you can get the vaccine.
If a child has had any live vaccine such as the MMR, Varicella (chickenpox) or the seasonal flu mist vaccine in the last 28 days, the child cannot receive the H1N1 FluMist vaccine.
Anyone experiencing symptoms of influenza should stay home and contact a health care provider.
For more information, visit www.FightTheFlu.org or call 2-1-1.
Be a Flu Fighter!
Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
Wash your hands often with soap and water especially after you cough or sneeze
Go to www.FightTheFlu.org