Friday, November 13, 2009

H1N1 vaccine clinic to open evenings Nov. 4 - 6

Vancouver, WA -- Public Health will change hours of operation for its H1N1 vaccine clinic to accommodate working parents and prevent children from missing school. Clinic hours will remain 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Nov. 3. On Wednesday, Nov. 4 through Friday, Nov. 6, the clinic will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be no morning hours. The clinic is located at 6100 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver, Washington.

Because of the very small amounts of vaccine received to date in Southwest Washington, Public Health is administering vaccine to the following groups only:

§ Pregnant women because they are at high risk of complications from H1N1.

§ Healthcare workers because they can be a potential source of infection for vulnerable patients and also because increased absenteeism among healthcare professionals could reduce healthcare system capacity.

§ Children ages 6 months through age 19 in group settings, which increases the likelihood of disease spread.

§ Parents and caregivers of children younger than 6 months, so they don’t pass the virus to their infants.

As vaccine production increases over the coming weeks, health officials expect enough vaccine will eventually be available for everyone. For more information, visit or call 1-877-510-2772.

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