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Macomb County Opens H1N1 Vaccinations to Everyone Over 6 Months Old

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 Respiratory Disease News J E 4
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MT. CLEMENS, Mich., Dec. 8 After holding more than a dozen H1N1 influenza immunization clinics this fall targeting people in high-risk groups, the Macomb County Health Department announced today that it is opening its upcoming clinics to everyone 6 months of age and older.

Up until now, persons 25 through 64 years old had to have a health condition to receive the vaccine, and senior citizens over 64 did not qualify.

"We are very pleased to now be able to offer protection against the H1N1 flu to everyone who wants it," said Steve Gold, Macomb County Health Department deputy health officer. "Earlier this fall, because of limited vaccine supply, children, young adults and pregnant women were among those focused upon as the illness has been affecting them the most."

Two previously announced Macomb County vaccine clinics on Dec. 10 and 12 will now be open to the general public. Both will take place at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights. The Dec. 10 clinic will be held from noon to 7 p.m.; the Dec. 12 one will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are being offered at no charge.

In addition to vaccine and nasal spray immunization being offered through the health department's clinics, more than 90,000 doses have been distributed to physician offices and hospitals across Macomb County. Call to see if your physician may be able to provide this protection for your family members. Private physicians may charge an administration fee for providing the vaccine or nasal spray. No charge can be made for the vaccine itself.

Both the nasal spray and injectable versions of the vaccine will be offered. Pregnant women cannot receive the nasal spray. Thimerosol-free injectable vaccine will also be available while supplies last.

Several more H1N1 clinics will be scheduled in Macomb County this month.

Please visit the department's Web site at www.macombcountymi.gov/publichealth for clinic dates and locations. You can also call the county's flu hot line at 586.466.7923 for more information.

SOURCE Macomb County Health Department
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