Vermilion County H1N1 Schedule

News Release

For Immediate Release

October 20, 2009

Contact: Stephen Laker 431-2662, 304-3222

The Vermilion County Health Department is releasing its initial schedule for H1N1 vaccination clinics. ‘We have received about one half of our order, and we believe it will be enough to open public clinics for the target groups who are most at risk from the virus," says public health administrator Steve Laker. The health department has received about 18,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine in the multi-dose, injectable form. But Laker says parents and others should be aware this supply is not Thimerosal-free. "While the amount of Thimerosal currently contained in the vaccine we are receiving is minute, parents will need to make their own decisions on whether to wait until we receive Thimerosal-free vaccine in late November or early December, or get their children vaccinated now," Laker says. Thimerosal is a mercury-containing preservative used since the 1930's in some vaccines to prevent contamination. Parents/guardians must accompany children 18 and under when they receive the vaccination. 

Children under ten (10) years of age will need to have two doses of the vaccine, separated by 28 days.

The initial vaccination clinics will follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, and include:

  • n Pregnant women, who must bring with them to the vaccination clinic a signed order from their doctor authorizing their vaccination
  • n People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age
  • n Health care and emergency medical services personnel (EMT's/paramedics)
  • n All people ages six (6) months through 24 years of age
  • n Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza.

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Breastfeeding women who meet the target criteria must also bring with them a signed order from their doctor authorizing vaccination.  Healthcare workers include anyone working in a health care environment, such as the offices of physicians, clinics, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, etc.

  

VCHD - H1N1 shot clinic sked pg 2

  

Following the CDC guidelines, once the demand for vaccine for the prioritized groups has been met, the health department will begin vaccinating everyone from ages 25 through 64 years. The last group to access the H1N1 vaccine will be individuals over age 65 and older, because to date this population has experienced little or no risk from the H1N1 virus.

There is no charge for the H1N1 vaccinations at the health department's clinics scheduled across Vermilion County and no appointment is necessary:

Danville - Southview Middle School Gymnasium, 133 E. 9th Street

Tuesday and Wednesday November 3rd and 4th from 1pm to 7pm

Danville - Vermilion County Health Department, 200 S. College Street

Saturday, November 7th from 10am to 4pm

Hoopeston  Civic Center, 5 McFerren Park Road

Monday and Tuesday November 9th and 10th from 1pm to 7pm

Georgetown Banquet Center - Fairgrounds - 413 N Seminary

Tuesday and Wednesday, November 17th and 18th from 1pm to 7pm

Danville - Vermilion County Health Department, 200 S. College Street

Saturday, November 21st from 10am to 4pm

Danville - East Park Elementary School Gymnasium, 930 Colfax

Tuesday and Wednesday, December 1st and 2nd from 1pm to 7pm

Additional clinics will be announced as vaccine is received and

dates are confirmed.

Laker says his department is currently working with local hospitals, Provena USMC and Hoopeston, to ensure they have an adequate supply of vaccine for their staffs. "Healthcare workers are on the front line and must be protected as this outbreak continues," Laker says. The health department is loaning vaccine as needed to both Provena USNC and Hoopeston Hospital until they receive their supply.

The schedule will be posted on the health department's website at www.vchd.org. The health department encourages anyone with questions about receiving the H1N1 vaccine to contact their healthcare provider. For more information about the H1N1 influenza clinics, call 431-2662.                        

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