December 14, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

H1N1 Vaccinations Available to the Public

With H1N1 vaccine supply increasing the Springfield-Greene County Health Department has begun scheduling public vaccination clinics.

“We’ve worked hard over the past ten weeks to get the limited supply of H1N1 vaccine we were receiving to people at highest risk for developing infection or complications,” says director of health Kevin Gipson. “We’ve given more than 40,000 doses of vaccine to the high risk priority group, and now vaccine supply has increased to the point that we can open it up to other people in our community that want to protect themselves against H1N1.”

The first public H1N1 vaccination clinic will be held Wednesday, December 16th, sponsored by the Missouri State Lady Bears and MSU’s Taylor Health Center. From 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm H1N1 vaccinations will be offered at no cost to anyone interested at the east entrance of Hammons Arena. Vaccinations will be given on a first-come, first-served basis, along with a complimentary ticket to the evening’s Lady Bears game. No appointment is necessary, but people are asked to enter through the east entrance and wear a shirt that allows access to their upper arm.

A second public vaccination clinic will be held Tuesday, December 22 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm at the health department’s Westside Public Health Center, located at 660 S Scenic (between Grand and Mt Vernon). No appointment is necessary, and H1N1 vaccination will be available to anyone interested.

“Additional public vaccination clinics will be scheduled in the weeks ahead,” adds Gipson. “Flu season is far from over, and vaccination is the very best protection against flu. We encourage people to get vaccinated against H1N1 to protect themselves and to protect our community.”

For more information on public H1N1 vaccination clinics, call the health department’s automated information line at 417-864-1166 (also in Spanish). To have your questions answered by a live operator, call the H1N1 and Seasonal Flu Answer Line at 417-874-1228. This line is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, except holidays.

General information on H1N1 and seasonal flu prevention, vaccination and treatment can also be found online at www.springfieldmo.gov/health or www.FightTheFluMO.com .

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