MT. CLEMENS, Mich., Dec. 3 Two more H1N1 vaccine clinics have been scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 10 and Saturday, Dec. 12, the Macomb County Health Department announced today. They are being offered at no charge and both 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. The thimerosol-free version of the injectable vaccine will be available upon request, while supplies last. Both injectable and nasal spray immunization will be offered. Pregnant women cannot be given the nasal spray version of the vaccine.
Children under 10 years old need two doses of vaccine to receive adequate immunity. These children need to wait at least 28 days after the first dose before receiving the second dose. The health department requests that those whose children received dose one of the vaccine through one of its clinics please bring the card they received with them, so their records can be updated appropriately.
"Approximately 80,000 doses of vaccine have also been distributed by the health department to private physician offices across Macomb County," said Steve Gold, Macomb County Health Department deputy health officer. "Check with your physician to see if he or she has H1N1 vaccine available as an alternative to attending one of our clinics at Freedom Hill."
The Macomb County Health Department is serving only those in the following high-risk groups at this time through the clinics:
Healthy, nonpregnant persons who:
Persons accompanying pregnant women to the clinics are also eligible to receive the H1N1 vaccine if they are living in her household and fall into one of the following groups:
For additional information about the H1N1 flu, visit the health department's Web site at www.macombcountymi.gov/publichealth or call its flu hot line at 586.466.7923.
-- Pregnant women -- New parents and household contacts of children less than 6 months of age -- Healthy children and young adults 6 months through 24 years of age -- Health care workers and volunteers and emergency medical services workers (regardless of age) -- Adults ages 25 to 64 years of age with high-risk medical conditions that increase risk of complications from influenza
SOURCE Macomb County Health Department