Archive for Thursday, October 15, 2009

Leavenworth County announces H1N1 flu clinic

October 15, 2009

Leavenworth County has announced plans to conduct its first flu clinic next week for the H1N1 virus.

The clinic will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m Monday at the Leavenworth County Health Department. The initial clinic is to vaccinate healthcare workers who have direct contact with patients.

Because early supplies of the vaccine are limited, the Health Department is following the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Department’s strong recommendation that initial vaccine be prioritized for healthcare workers with direct patient contact.

County officials said Wednesday that any remaining vaccinations from Monday’s clinic and future shipments of the vaccine would be used to inoculate the next priority groups — children between 2 and 9 years old and pregnant women.

As more of the vaccine becomes available, Leavenworth County will be conducting other public vaccination clinics and also will be distributing the vaccine to private providers who have agreed to administer the H1N1 vaccine.

Both the nasal mist vaccine and an injectable vaccine are expected to be available.

To receive the vaccine, each healthcare worker will need to bring an identification card or their license to verify that the person is a healthcare worker.

Wyandotte County officials have yet to schedule any vaccination clinics for the H1N1 virus but have said initial doses delivered will be flu mist. This vaccine can only be administered to individuals ages 2 to 49 who have no underlying health conditions and are not pregnant. Once shipments begin, additional supplies of the vaccine are expected to increase weekly.

KDHE has established a toll-free phone number, (877) 427-7317, for concerned Kansans to call with questions about H1N1. Operators will be available to answer questions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Persons calling will be directed to press “1” on their touch-tone phones to be directed to an operator who can answer questions.


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