2009-11-19 / Local & State

H1N1 To Be Offered To Priority Populations

The Department of Health announced it will conduct statewide clinics from November 20-22 to administer free H1N1 vaccine to individuals in the recommended target groups that have not had previous access to the vaccine.

Individuals in the recommended target groups must schedule an apointment time, day and location prior to the clinic in order to receive the H1N1 vaccine. This will help ensure that the correct type and amount of vaccine is available at each location.

“Our goal is to get the H1N1 vaccine to as many people as possible who are at risk of suffering serious complication from the virus,” said Deputy Secretary Michael Huff. “These public health clinics will help us do just that with the amount of vaccine that is currently available to us.”

The department asks that only individuals in the following groups attend the clinics:

Individuals between the ages of six months and 24 years;

Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than six months;

Pregnant women;

Healthcare providers and emergency medical services personnel; and

Individuals under 65 years of age with underlying health conditions, including asthma, diabetes, suppressed immune systems, heart disese, kidney disease, and neurocognitive and neuromuscular disorders.

A total of 18 health clinics, three in each of the department’s six districts, will be held on November 20, 21 and 22. Clinic hours on Friday, November 20, and Sunday, November 22 will be 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Hours on Saturday, November 21, will be 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Appointments can be made at www.H1N1inPA.com under “What’s Hot,” 24 hours a day. Individuals without Internet access can call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Lines are limited.

Anyone seeking vaccination should download an H1N1 vaccine consent form from www.hn1inPA.com.

Those from Fulton, Franklin, Adams and Cumberland counties should contact Franklin County State Health Center, 518 Cleveland Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201 for more information.

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