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H1N1 clinic to be held on Westside
The Franklin Couty Board of health will hold a H1N1 Vaccination Clinic for all children, ages 6 months - 4 years; and children between 5 years and 18 years with underlying medical conditions on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 5-8 p.m. The clinic will be held at the Westland Community Center (located on the Westland High School Campus), 146 Galloway Road. 43119.
While the goal of the FCBH is to protect every child at risk from H1N1, due to the current shortage of vaccine, the immediate strategy is to protect children at highest risk of complications and hospitalization. Therefore, these community based clinics will be open ONLY to the following groups:
- All children 6 months through their 4th year
- Children 5 years through 18 years of age with underlying medical conditions
The clinic will also serve:
- Pregnant women
- Adult caregivers of children under 6 months of age
- Medical care staff who provide direct patient care to potential patients with H1N1
- Parents or guardians must accompany children in order for them to be vaccinated. Supplies will be limited.
Nasal flu mist will be provided to all persons in the above sub-groups, age 2 - 49 with no medical complications.
The vaccinations will be free of charge. Because the nasal flu mist cannot be given to people with certain underlying medical conditions, most vaccines will be injectable. Children should wear short or loose sleeves and eat something before they come. Children will not be vaccinated if they are sick with flu-like symptoms. All children 9 years of age and younger must receive a second dose of vaccine after 28 days to be fully protected.
MORE INFO: Children with underlying health conditions have been identified by the CDC because they are more vulnerable to H1N1 and are at an increased risk of severe complications. To see the list of what is considered a chronic medical condition visit the vaccination section of www.columbuspandemicflu.org Additional clinics will be offered for the other high risk groups as soon as local public health receives additional vaccine.
Visit Columbus Flu Info on Facebook and Twitter or visit our web site at columbuspandemicflu.org for frequently updated H1N1 information and resources. Residents can also call 2-1-1 for information.
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