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Wake to open H1N1 clinics to all

Posted December 7, 2009

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— Wake County public health officials said Monday that, beginning Tuesday, anyone over 6 months old can receive an H1N1 vaccination at immunization clinics scheduled across the county this week.

"For the last two months, we have focused on providing the H1N1 vaccine to people in priority groups, understanding the importance of taking care of those at highest risk of developing complications if they become sick with H1N1 flu first,” Community Health Director Sue Lynn Ledford said in a statement. “Looking at our current data, including the most recent information from private medical care providers, it is time to move forward and begin vaccinating all people in Wake County.”

Wake offers H1N1 vaccine to everyone Wake offers H1N1 vaccine to everyone

Clinics are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Public Health Center on Sunnybrook Road in Raleigh, the Southern Regional Center on North Judd Parkway in Fuquay-Varina, the Northern Regional Center on East Holding Avenue in Wake Forest and the Eastern Regional Center on Dogwood Drive in Zebulon.

The clinics will offer the FluMist nasal spray vaccine to healthy people ages 2 to 49. The injectable form of the vaccine will be available only to people who can't receive the nasal vaccine: pregnant women, children between 6 months and 2 years old and anyone with chronic medical conditions.

“We strongly encourage people to first look to their private care providers and pharmacies to receive this vaccine," Ledford said. "Over 119,800 doses have been distributed primarily to pediatricians, obstetricians and chain pharmacies in our community.”

Another reason for opening H1N1 clinics to everyone is the onset of the seasonal flu season, and the possibility of the two influenza strains merging. Ledford said the best way to avoid complications is to get vaccinated.

“If we can keep those two flu patterns from merging in such a dramatic way, we hope to lessen the impact on the community,” Ledford said.

Song Nyguen and three of his children received the H1N1 vaccination on Monday. Nyguen still has one son that won’t be protected against the virus.

“He has asthma, and also he's allergic to eggs, so he can't take the flu vaccine of any kind,” he said. “For us to be protected, we're protecting him in the process.”

State Epidemiologist Dr. Megan Davies said last week that no statewide policy has been set for making the vaccine for the H1N1 flu virus more widely available, but some counties have sufficient supplies to move beyond the high-risk groups that have been receiving vaccinations in recent weeks.

Officials initially restricted vaccinations to pregnant women, children between the ages of 6 months and 24 years, anyone caring for an infant younger than 6 months old and emergency and health care workers.

Davies said she doesn't think everyone in high-risk groups has been immunized against H1N1, noting some have chosen not to be vaccinated and others were likely scared off by long lines.

State officials could still shift vaccine stocks between counties as needed if some continue to have trouble meeting demand, especially among high-risk groups, Davies said.

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  • Eduardo1 Dec 8, 2009

    Just got back from the Free clinic in FV. No waiting, about 8 nurses giving the shots
    Does anyone know where seasonal shots are available in FV??????

  • time4real Dec 8, 2009

    30,000+ die from the regular seasonal flu in this country every season. How many have died from PigFlu, 124?

  • Mad Baumer Dec 7, 2009

    Pssssssst... The Target in Brier Creek has flu vaccines....

  • paulmichaelowens Dec 7, 2009

    If you get sick drink plenty of fluids. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS! Healthy people can die of dehydration.(Soup, Water...)

    When are we going to go on the offensive on these "Forms of Life", instead of the vaccination defensive?

    There are doctors out there who want money, and there are doctors out there that actually care about the patient.

    Stop the fake healthcare reform debate. The government does NOT care about you. They only want your money. If they cared about your healthcare they would simply increase the eligibility limits for Medicare and Medicaid and merge the programs while removing all the red tape.

    Politicians are only out to get more money out of you, they do not care about your health.

    You voted them in.

  • SingleLensReflex.SLR Dec 7, 2009

    ssmith and thor dude, I agree, its very confusing for those over 49yo... and who wants to stand in line to find out you're not eligible?

  • getbacktoworkpeople_82 Dec 7, 2009

    AMEN bubbba - all the people saying it will be the "scare that wasn't" should talk to the families of 20somethings that have died from this flu strain. I would rather get it and not need it, than vice versa. A close family friend just died last week - healthy 23 year old girl - take your chances if you wish, but don't diminish something that is breaking the hearts of families across the country.

  • Fuquay Resident Dec 7, 2009

    Is the vaccine free? I live in Harnett County, can I still get it in Wake county?

  • bubbba Dec 7, 2009

    Whats up with all the anti-vaccine people? If you dont want the shot then dont get it. If you dont believe H1N1 can kill tell that to the UNC girl that was on life support this weekend.
    I prefer to make my decision based on my doctors recommendations not golo bloggers.

  • mtadish Dec 7, 2009

    I got the swine flu from my dog, who got from my cat, who got it from a mouse, who was let loose from a state lab!

    Makes as much sense as the fraudemic itself!

    Maybe more people would get the H1N1 shot of the President said it would combat climate change/global warming?

  • daisymom Dec 7, 2009

    Maybe they meant 2 to 49 could get the mist. over 49 and you get the shot?

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