2009-11-21 / News

Perry County H1N1 flu update

NEW LEXINGTON - The Perry County Health Department has released a priority plan for vaccinating residents to protect them from the H1N1 virus.

The following priority groups are currently being vaccinated:

• Pregnant Women

• Caregivers of Infants less than 6 Months Old

• Healthcare Workers with Direct Patient Contact

• EMS Personnel

• All Children 6 Months to 5 Years Old

• Children and Young Adults 5 Years to 24 Years Old with Medical Conditions (Please call the Health Department at 740- 342-5179 for more details).

The H 1N1 vaccine is provided free of charge. As moe vaccine becomes available, we will e extending the groups for whom we are providing vaccine.

The Health Department is currently scheduling clinics in the schools for the week of December 1st - 4th. We will be vaccinating all children with a signed permission form in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Dependent upon vaccine availability at that time we may expand vaccinations to the 6th through 12th grades.

Children must have a signed consent form returned to their school in order to receive the vaccine at school. At this time we do not have any FluMist (nasal spray) available, so all vaccinations given at the school will be the injectable (shot). We hope to receive some FluMist (nasal spray) before the school clinics.

Children 9 years old or younger will need two doses of the vaccine for full effectiveness. The child should receive the second dose 30 days after the first.

The seasonal flu shot does not provide protection against the H1N1 virus. The health department encourages everyone to get both vaccines this year, but does not have seasonal flu vaccinations available at this time.

For more information, call the Perry County Health Department at 740-342-5179 or visit www. perryhealth.com.

The Ohio Department of Health’s H1N1 Information Hotline is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1-866- 800-1404 or visit www.odh.ohio. gov or www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu or www.flu.gov

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