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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Public Health H1N1 Vaccinations

Get Vaccinated Against The 2009 H1N1 (Swine) Flu!

FREE Swine Flu Vaccination for those who meet Public Health Criteria
November 14 in Windsor & Santa Rosa - FREE
November 21 in Petaluma - FREE
December 5 at 9 Locations in Sonoma County - Donation

Getting vaccinated is the best protection against the 2009 H1N1 flu. Persons with a regular health provider should contact them about getting the 2009 H1N1 vaccine.

Public Health is offering 2009 H1N1 flu vaccinations to people who meet all of the following:
• Live in Sonoma County,

• No health insurance, and

• One of the following priority groups:
1. Anyone who lives in a household or provides daily care to an infant less than 6 months old.
2. Children and young adults ranging from 6 months to 24 years old.
3. All pregnant women.
4. Adults ages 25 to 64 who have an underlying medical condition that puts them at risk from flu complications.
5. Health care workers and emergency medical personnel.

Please note: if you do not meet these conditions, you may be asked to wait until more vaccine becomes available later this year.

The vaccination clinics will take place from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on the following dates:

Saturday, November 14th - No Cost

Windsor High School, 8695 Windsor Road, Windsor

Lawrence Cook Middle School, 2480 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa

Saturday, November 21st - No Cost

Casa Grande High School, 333 Casa Grande Rd, Petaluma

Saturday, December 5th -
Donation Requested

Nine locations around the county, call or check the website for details

The vaccinations are free and no appointment is necessary. Additional vaccination clinics are planned for November and December. A separate vaccine to prevent seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for most individuals, but seasonal flu vaccinations will NOT be provided at the clinics this Saturday or at the November clinics. Only the December clinics will offer both 2009 H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines.

The 2009 H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus is circulating in communities and has continued to cause illness through the Fall. Most cases of H1N1 Influenza are fairly mild, but influenza can be a serious disease; in Sonoma County, there have been over 80 hospitalizations and 10 deaths due to this virus. The best prevention for influenza is vaccination.

Nationally, vaccine distribution is rolling out to states and counties. Most people will get the 2009 H1N1 vaccine at local doctors’ offices, medical clinics, health centers, and pharmacies. Dr. Mark Netherda, Deputy Public Health Officer stated, “The purpose of these first Public Health vaccination clinics is to serve those Sonoma County residents at greatest risk, especially those who do not have a medical provider, or other means to get the vaccine.”

Please call the Public Health Information Line (707)565-4477, or visit our website for times, locations and to confirm last minute details.

County of Sonoma
Department of Public Health Services
Public Health Division

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