H1N1 vaccination now widely available; new January clinics for those who can't afford to pay
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Friday, January 8, 2010
Influenza illnesses severe among certain groups, including children
KING COUNTY, WA - Over 600,000 people in King County have been vaccinated against the H1N1 influenza ("swine flu"), but many people in King County do not yet have immunity and remain at risk to a virus that continues to circulate in the community. With vaccine availability continuing to widen, now is a good time for anyone six months of age and older to take advantage of the vaccination opportunity.
H1N1 vaccine is available at many health care providers and local participating pharmacies. For people who can't afford to pay, Public Health Seattle & King County is announcing new community H1N1 vaccination clinics during January. More information is available at www.kingcounty.gov/health/H1N1.
"H1N1 influenza has caused severe illness particularly among children, as well as pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions and weakened immune systems," said Dr. David Fleming, Director and Health Officer for Public Health Seattle & King County. "We're still seeing H1N1 influenza illness in our community, and we can prevent new waves of infection in coming months by vaccinating more people now. The current vaccine has been found to be very effective in protecting against the H1N1 virus."
The overall death rate due to H1N1 has been lower than expected, but the death rate among children has been 5 to 10 times higher than seasonal influenza. For children under ten years old who have received one dose of vaccine, now is a good time to get a second dose of vaccine if 28 days or more have passed since the first dose.
As of this week, approximately 757,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine have been received in King County, and approximately 643,000 people have been vaccinated.
Public Health, Healthpoint and Sea Mar have vaccination clinics scheduled during the month of January for those who cannot afford to pay. Given the importance of continued influenza immunization, January 10-16, 2010 is National Influenza Vaccination Week.
New clinics and vaccine availability
- HealthPoint Auburn (126 Auburn Avenue, Suite 400), Saturdays, January 9,16, 23, 30; 8:30 - 11:30 am
- Eastgate Public Health Center (14350 SE Eastgate Way) Saturdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30; 10 am - 4 pm
- Sea Mar - Bellevue (1811 156th Ave NE, Suite #2) Monday, January 11 from 9 am - 4 pm; Saturday, January 16 from 9 am - 4 pm
- Sea Mar (14434 Ambaum Blvd SW, Suite 5) Friday, January 8; 1 pm - 8 pm
- Federal Way Public Health Center (33431 13th Place S) Saturdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30; 10 am - 4 pm; Wednesdays, January 13, 20 , 27; 4 pm - 8 pm
- HealthPoint Kent (403 E Meeker) Saturday, January 9, 16, 23, 30; 9 am - 12 pm
- HealthPoint Redmond (16315 NE 87th St, Suite B6) Saturday, January 9, 16, 23, 30; 9 am - 12 pm
- Renton Public Health Center (3001 NE 4th St) Saturdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30; 10 am - 4 pm; Wednesdays, January 13, 20 , 27; 4 pm - 8 pm
Seattle - 4 locations
- North Public Health Center (10501 Meridian Ave N) Saturdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30; 10 am - 4 pm; Wednesdays, January 13, 20 , 27; 4 pm - 8 pm
- Columbia Public Health Center (4400 37th Ave S) Saturdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30; 10 am - 4 pm; Wednesdays, January 13, 20 , 27; 4 pm - 8 pm
- Sea Mar - South Park (8720 14th Ave S) Saturday, January 9 ; 9 am - 5 pm; Tuesday, January 12th ; 1 pm - 8 pm
- Sea Mar - White Center (9650 15th Ave. S.W. #100) Thursday, January 14; 1 pm - 8 pm
Vaccinations are first come, first served, and no reservations will be taken.
For more information, visit: www.kingcounty.gov/health/H1N1. The Flu Hotline at 877-903-KING (5464) is staffed with operators to answer questions from King County residents about H1N1 influenza. The Flu Hotline is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, with special 24-hour nurse line service extended over the weekend for people with flu seeking medical care advice. Recorded information is available 24 hours a day.
Providing effective and innovative health and disease prevention services for over 1.9 million residents and visitors of King County, Public Health Seattle & King County works for safer and healthier communities for everyone, every day.