Press release from the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health:
Dozens more vaccinated for H1N1 today; No more public clinics scheduled this week
About 70 people have been vaccinated for the H1N1 flu so far today at Carew Medical Park. The clinic will be open until 7 p.m.
The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health received more H1N1 vaccine today and will continue to make it available to healthcare providers and at its public vaccination clinic at Carew Medical Park.
On Friday, a special clinic will be held at Carew for volunteers assisting the health department and for other healthcare workers. This clinic is not for the general public and is by invitation only.
An announcement about public clinic hours for next week will be made on Friday.
For now, the H1N1 injectable vaccine offered at Carew is being reserved for pregnant women, caregivers of children less than 6 months, and children six months through 18 years of age.
The H1N1 nasal spray vaccine will also be available for healthy children and young adults (2 years – 24 years) and for people who live with or provide care to infants less than six months of age.
More than 8,800 people have been vaccinated for H1N1 flu since the clinic opened on Oct. 9. The vaccine is free. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Anyone experiencing symptoms of influenza should stay home and contact a health care provider. People can also limit the spread of flu by covering their cough and washing their hands.
For more information, go to www.FightTheFlu.org or call 2-1-1.
Vaccines available at the Carew Medical Park clinic
H1N1 vaccine (injectable)
- For pregnant women
- For children age 6 months through 18 years of age
- For persons of any age who live with or provide care for infants less than six months of age (e.g., parents, siblings, and daycare providers)
- If a person is ill with a fever, he or she cannot get the vaccine
H1N1 FluMist vaccine (nasal spray)
- For healthy children and young adults 2 to 24 years of age who do not have underlying health conditions
- For persons up to age 49 who live with or provide care for infants less than six months of age (e.g., parents, siblings, and daycare providers)
- No child younger than 2 years of age can get this vaccine
- No adult older than 49 can get this vaccine
- If a person 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
Children under the age of 10 will need two doses of the H1N1 vaccine, four weeks apart, to be fully protected
The seasonal flu vaccine is no longer available.
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