Vail Valley: Next H1N1 vaccination clinic is Wednesday |

Vail Valley: Next H1N1 vaccination clinic is Wednesday

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Eagle County Public Health will offer its next H1N1 vaccination clinic in Colorado’s Vail Valley from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, at Brush Creek Elementary School in Eagle.

The vaccine is free and will be available to anyone age 6 months to 24 years, adults age 25 to 64 years with chronic health conditions, anyone who lives with or provides regular care for children younger than 6 months of age and pregnant women. Also, new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control indicate that children age 9 years or younger should receive two doses of the vaccine, at least four weeks apart, for maximum effectiveness.

Public Health officials say the symptoms of influenza are similar to those caused by many other viruses so to ensure full protection against H1N1, community members are advised to receive the vaccine even if they have already experienced flu-like illness.

Screening will take place at the entrance of the clinic and those who do not fall into a priority group will not be given the vaccination. Additional clinics will be scheduled on a week-by-week basis, depending on vaccine availability. Times and locations will be posted to every Friday, indicating the following week’s schedule. Public Health will continue to 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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