Dec 3, 2009 7:29 PM by Bea Karnes

El Paso County lifts restrictions on H1N1 swine flu vaccine

The El Paso County Health Department has lifted restrictions on H1N1 swine flu vaccine. From now on, anyone 6 months of age and older may receive a free vaccine from the county clinics. Until now, the vaccine was restricted to target groups.

The Health Department is offering an H1N1 clinic Saturday, Dec. 5, in the northeast lower level of the Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Drive East in Colorado Springs, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. or until supplies run out.

"We are encouraging anyone who wants protection against H1N1 flu to get vaccinated, especially before the upcoming holidays," said Executive Director of the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment Kandi Buckland, R.N., M.P.A. "We are now seeing increased supplies of H1N1 vaccine and we've assessed H1N1 vaccine uptake in the community and feel this is an appropriate time to offer vaccination broadly to the public. It is still important for people who are at increased risk for flu infection or flu complications to receive H1N1 flu vaccination."

Here's what you need to know before coming to this vaccination clinic:

· There will be a minimum of 3,000 vaccine doses available.

· Children 9 years old and younger who've received their first H1N1 flu shots are encouraged to get their second booster shots, as long as it's been a minimum of 21 days in-between.

· Adult and child vaccination consent forms in English and Spanish languages are available at www.elpasocountyhealth.org for the public to download, complete and print to take to this clinic.

· Plan for the likelihood that you will need to stand in line.

· Adults and children should wear loose-fitting clothing that allows for arms (legs for children) to be exposed briefly for the H1N1 flu shot.

· Eat before going to the clinic.

· People who have significant allergy to eggs or to any other substance in H1N1 vaccine should not get vaccinated.

· Those arriving ill or showing signs of illness will not be vaccinated and will be asked to leave. Parents are asked to leave sick children home with adult supervision and attend with well children only. All minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

The Pueblo City-County Health Department also plans a flu vaccination clinic Saturday at East High School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Another is planned Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at Custer County High School.




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