2009-12-12 / News

Everyone soon to be eligible for H1N1 vaccinations

LANCASTER – As part of the next phase of the Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) strategy to provide vaccine to Ohioans, H1N1 influenza vaccine eligibility will expand to all Ohioans beginning December 14.

Until December 14, state and local health officials will continue to focus vaccination efforts exclusively on health care and EMS workers who provide direct patient care; pregnant women; people who live with or care for children less than 6 months of age; all people 6 months to 24 years; and people 25 to 64 years with chronic medical conditions. Beginning the week of December 14, these individuals will continue to be eligible for vaccination, along with other Ohioans who are not in the high

Walk-in vaccination clinics are being held at the Lancaster River Valley Mall. These H1N1 vaccination clinics are on a first come - first serve basis and dependent on available resources. The vaccination is free of charge. Parents are reminded that children under the age of 10 need an additional vaccination at least 28 days after their first one.

• Dec. 12: 9 am to 1 pm – restricted to Tier One High Risk Individuals
• Dec. 15: 5 pm to 8 pm
• Dec. 17: 5 pm to 8 pm
• Dec. 19: 9 am to 1 pm
• Dec. 21: 5 pm to 8 pm
• Dec. 28: 5 pm to 8 pm

In addition to being vaccinated, Ohioans can help stop the spread of illness by washing hands thoroughly and often; covering mouths when sneezing or coughing; and staying home from work or school if sick.

HINI Questions: For more information about H1N1 flu, please check the CDC website, www. cdc.gov For information about statewide vaccine availability check the ODH Website at http://www.flu. ohio.gov or call the ODH H1N1 information line at 1-866-800- 1404 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

You can also follow ODH on Facebook and Twitter by going to the Web site. For the latest information about additional vaccination clinics locally, please check the Fairfield Department of Health website, www.myfdh.org .

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