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Swine flu vaccine clinics planned in Vail Valley

Vail Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado – Eagle County Public Health will offer the H1N1 vaccination at two upcoming clinics in an effort to increase distribution of the vaccine to priority groups in the Vail Valley. Clinics will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the old Battle Mountain High School in Eagle-Vail and from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at Brush Creek Elementary School in Eagle. The vaccine will be available in both the nasal mist and flu shot form. It will be available only to those who fall within priority groups established by the Centers for Disease Control. Priority groups include populations that are at highest risk of complications from the flu, including:

• Pregnant women

• Children 6 months through 4 years of age

• People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age, because younger infants cannot be vaccinated

• Children 5 through 18 years of age who have chronic medical conditions.

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Screening will take place at the entrance of each clinic and those who do not fall into a priority group will not be given the vaccine. Additional clinics will be scheduled on a week-by-week basis, depending on vaccine availability. Times and locations will be posted to http://www.eaglecounty.us/flu every Friday, indicating the following week’s schedule. Public Health will open the clinics to additional priority groups and the general public as more vaccine becomes available.

Questions on the flu, including the latest information on local flu clinic times and locations, can be directed to the CoHELP line at 1-877-462-2911. The call center is staffed with both English- and Spanish-speaking health professionals from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

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