A community 2009 H1N1 vaccination clinic which was scheduled for Thursday, October 22 at the St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center has been re-scheduled for Wednesday, October 28.
A rural clinic will also be held October 29 in Deming. The clinics will be limited to only those in high priority groups who live, work, or go to school in Whatcom County.
In order to minimize lines and wait times and to help ensure that those at highest risk are served first, Whatcom County will operate a call center to pre-register callers and set up appointments for vaccinations. The call center will be in operation October 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, and 27 from 1 to 6 p.m. The call center will be closed on Sunday.
County health officials said ventually everybody who wants an H1N1 vaccination will be able to receive one.
However, due to the limited initial shipments of the vaccine, the community really needs to pull together to assure that the first to be vaccinated are those at greatest risk for H1N1 complications.
As a result of the reduced vaccine supply the first priority H1N1 vaccination groups have been modified based on CDC guidelines and will be limited to: pregnant women, healthcare workers and emergency medical personnel with direct patient contact, household contacts of infants less than 6 months of age, children ages 6 months to 5 years and children ages 5 years to 18 years with medical conditions that put them at risk for flu complications.
Once these groups have been vaccinated the vaccine will be available to all children and young adults ages 5 to 24 years, and individuals ages 25 to 64 years with high risk medical conditions.
For more information, visit www.em.whatcomcounty.org