Friday, October 30, 2009

H1N1 Flu Clinic Next Thursday

NOTE ADDED, FRIDAY 11PM, from Fire Chief Edward Badamo of South Fire District: Please be advised that appointments are no longer being taken for next Thursday's H1N1 Flu Clinic in Durham. However, there is a possibility that some additional vaccine may be available next week. People interested in trying to get vaccine should call the Durham Health Department at 343-6732 on Monday for more information.
This week's H1N1 flu vaccination clinic was completely booked, and to meet the demand for shots, another one has been scheduled for next week, note that reservations are required. From a Middletown Department of Health Press Release:
The fifth in a series of H1N1 flu clinics sponsored by MDA 36 has been scheduled:
Thursday, November 5
12 noon to 8:00 PM
The “Cow Palace” at the Durham Fairgrounds
The clinic is open only to residents of Cromwell, Durham, Haddam, Middlefield, and Middletown.

Participants must be 2 through 24 years of age in good health, or 25 through 49 years of age and live with or care for infants younger than 6 months of age, or are health care (including school nurses) or emergency medical personnel (licenses required). Also, individuals with long-term medical problems and pregnant women may receive the vaccine but must have written approval from their health care provider.

The H1N1 vaccine will likely be administered by intramuscular injection. People who have a severe allergy to eggs should not receive the vaccine. Parents or guardians should check with their health care provider to determine if the vaccine is appropriate for their child. The H1N1 vaccine is not effective against seasonal influenza.

The clinic is free and by reservation only. Proof of age and residency will be required.

Directions to the Cow Palace: Take CT Route 17 (Main Street) to the southern end of the Town Green. Use the entrance to the Town Hall (sign), and then proceed straight down the hill to the large green building.

More H1N1 flu clinics are expected to be scheduled for other segments of the population as vaccine becomes available. The clinics are sponsored by Mass Dispensing Area 36 comprised of the City of Middletown and the Towns of Cromwell, Durham, Haddam and Middlefield.

For more information or to make a appointment, please call 860-343-6732.

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