Thursday, October 22, 2009

Medina County holding free swine flu vaccination clinic Thursday

The Medina County Health Department is holding a free H1N1 influenza nasal spray vaccination clinic from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Medina County Fairgrounds Community Center, 735 W. Lafayette Road.

The nasal spray form of the swine flu vaccine will be available without charge for the following people in the high-priority groups:

• Healthy people ages 2 through 24.

• Healthy caregivers for infants younger than 6 months of age who are 25 through 49.

• Healthy health-care or emergency medical personnel who are 25 through 49 years of age.

The nasal spray version is a live vaccine and cannot be used by pregnant women and those with chronic medical illnesses, as well as anyone who is younger than 2 or older than 49.

The injectable vaccine will be provided at a later date for other priority groups, including all pregnant women, children and young adults ages 6 months through 24 years, people who live with or care for a baby younger than 6 months and people 25 through 64 with health conditions that put them at higher risk for complications from the flu.

After the vaccines are available to these high priority groups, they will be offered to the general public, according to the health department.

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