More H1N1 vaccines available


First Posted: 11/12/2009

DOBSON The Surry County Health and Nutrition Center is taking appointments today for those wanting to get the injectable H1N1 flu vaccine.
The center received another shipment of around 200 vaccines this week. These injectable vaccines are available for people in the high risk categories as determined by the Centers for Disease Control: pregnant women, health care and emergency medical service workers, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months old, youth ages 6 months to 24 years old, and adults ages 25 to 64 who have chronic health disorders.
People may call 401-8593 or 401-8594 today to set up appointments for next week. The line will be open from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m., or until appointments are booked for all of the vaccines.
Each time the vaccine is available for appointment, the public has responded, which shows us that theres a demand, said Thomas Williams, media relations specialist with the health center.
Although the vaccine is free to patients, the center is asking that people bring insurance cards if they have them so the companies can be billed for administrative fees. But there are no out-of-pocket costs for anyone receiving the H1N1 vaccine.
The health and nutrition center should be receiving a few hundred vaccines each week, but it probably will not receive a large shipment until early December. Williams said manufacturers of the new vaccine are still trying to catch up to demand.
Were expecting larger shipments in the coming months, said Williams.
If a large shipment is received, the center has plans to hold a mass vaccination clinic.

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