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H1N1 Flu Vaccine Update - Nov. 4, 2009

posted Nov 9, 2009, 2:45 PM by Santa Clara County Public Health Dept
Today and tomorrow, 85 private and public medical providers in the County will receive just over 10,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine. Over the next weeks and months, supplies of the H1N1 vaccine will continue to be shipped into Santa Clara County, but for the time being these quantities still represent a limited amount for our community and are below what we need to vaccinate the groups at highest risk of illness and complications.

The list of these providers will not be published. With these 85 providers and the Kaiser system with vaccine, people at higher risk for illness or complications from this flu should contact their medical providers to check if the vaccine is available to them.

“With limited supplies of the H1N1 flu vaccine, it’s important for those of us who are healthy to wait until the vaccine is widely available,” said Ken Yeager, Santa Clara County Supervisor. “Most healthy people who get sick from this virus will recover without any medical care. But people who are at risk for complications could end up hospitalized or worse, so it is very important to get them the vaccine first.”

Due to limited supplies of the H1N1 vaccine, the Public Health Department is recommending the following groups get the vaccine first:
  • Pregnant women
  • Children and young adults between the ages of 6 months and 24 years
  • People who live with or provide care for infants under 6 months
  • Adults between the ages of 25 and 64 years who have medical conditions that put them at risk for serious illness and death from the H1N1 flu virus
  • Healthcare and emergency service care workers
People not in one of these groups are being asked to wait until more H1N1 vaccine is available.

The PHD is holding the first clinic for the groups listed above on November 7th at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Other public clinics with limited supplies of the vaccine are listed on the department’s web site. Once more vaccine arrives to the public healthcare system, additional clinic times and locations will be added to the schedule.

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