Feb 24, 2010 5:40 PM

Free H1N1 clinics planned

The El Paso County Health Department will sponsor a free H1N1 flu vaccine clinic next month specifically for senior citizens, though anyone older than six months can get the vaccine.

"It's important for seniors and for all members of our community to remember that H1N1 flu still is circulating and can be a serious disease," said Kandi Buckland, executive director of the Health Department.

Cases of H1N1 flu are on the decline right now but could increase any time, Buckland said. "Now is not a time to let down your guard," she added. "Many people still are susceptible because they haven't been vaccinated. Now is the window of opportunity so we can try to prevent a third wave of the H1N1 flu pandemic."

These clinics in March are planned at community centers serving significant senior citizen populations, but anyone older than 6 months of age is eligible to be vaccinated at these clinics, sponsored by the Health Department in partnership with the Visiting Nurse Association.

  •  March 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., Colorado Springs
  •  March 18, 1 to 4 p.m., Meadows Park Community Center, 1943 S. El Paso Ave., Colorado Springs
  •  March 23, 10 a.m. to noon, Fountain Valley Senior Center, 5745 Southmoor Drive, Fountain

Here are two other options available through the Health Department and community partners:

H1N1 Flu Vaccination Clinic at The Citadel, 750 Citadel Drive East, Colorado Springs, top level, next to escalators, across from Dillard's

  •  Mondays and Fridays, 2 to 5 p.m.
  •  Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mobile H1N1 Flu Vaccination Clinic, through a partnership with Peak Vista Community Health Centers and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

  •  Mondays, March 1 and March 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Department of Human Services, 105 N. Spruce St., Colorado Springs
  •  Monday, March 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fountain-Fort Carson High School, 10665 Jimmy Camp Road, Fountain





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