Thursday, December 3, 2009

H1N1 Vaccine Clinics in the Valley

Upcoming H1N1 vaccine clinics:

? Thursday, Dec. 3.?Community H1N1 vaccine clinic for children and adults, ages 6 months to 65 years, 7300 Building (7300 E 4th Street, Scottsdale AZ 85251), 4-8 p.m.

? Saturday, Dec. 5?Community H1N1 vaccine clinic for kids only, ages 6 months -18 years, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 7300 Building (7300 E. 4th Street, Scottsdale AZ 85251).

Important reminder for parents/guardians: Children under 9 require a booster dose of vaccine four weeks from the first dose of H1N1 vaccine they receive. As this is a free clinic, please be prepared for the long lines.

During all of the above clinics, Scottsdale Healthcare will continue to strictly follow federal, state and county guidelines and distribute vaccine as follows:

1. Anyone who qualifies for the FluMist form of the H1N1 vaccine will not receive the injectable H1N1 vaccine. Qualifications for FluMist include:

? between the ages of 2- 49
? not pregnant
? no underlying medical conditions ( i.e. asthma, cardiac conditions, diabetes, certain muscle or nerve disorders that can lead to breathing or swallowing problems),
? no previous severe reaction to flu vaccine or egg allergy

2. Injectable H1N1 vaccine will only be given to those who do not qualify for FluMist. This means pregnant dependents and those with underlying medical conditions, including the morbidly obese.

3. Those who do not qualify for FluMist by virtue of age alone will receive the injectable vaccine. However, those who are pregnant or have underlying medical conditions are first ?tier.?

4. Consents will be required for all receiving vaccine.

Information from:
Bianca Rodriguez
Coordinator of Wellness Education, Wellness Maricopa

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