The Akron Health Department is holding two free H1N1 influenza vaccine clinics this week and another next week for people at high risk of complications from the flu.
The first clinic will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Helen Arnold school, 450 Vernon Odom Blvd.
Another clinic will be at Helen Arnold from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
In addition, free H1N1 vaccines will be available from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at Forest Hill school, 850 Damon St.
People are not permitted to arrive before 3 p.m. for the clinics Friday and Nov. 13 because school will be in session.
The health department has about 16,000 vaccines available for this week's clinic, public information officer Chris Partis said.
''People should feel comfortable showing up when it's convenient for them, and we'll give them a shot,'' he said. ''There's no danger of running out.''
At this time, public health agencies are limiting the first doses to people in these priority groups identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
• Pregnant women.
• Household contacts and caregivers for babies younger than 6 months.
• Health-care and emergency medical services workers who provide direct patient care.
• All people ages 6 months through 24 years.
• People ages 25 through 64 with health conditions associated with a higher risk of medical complications from the flu.
Call the Akron Health Department's flu hot line at 330-375-2876 for more information.
The Summit County Health District also is giving free H1N1 influenza vaccines Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Copley High School, 3797 Ridgewood Road, and at Tallmadge Middle School, 484 East Ave.
For more information about upcoming Summit County vaccine clinics, call 330-926-1801.
More clinics will be scheduled by Summit County's health departments and listed online at as the vaccine becomes available.
Vaccine at KSU
Kent State has received its first shipment of the H1N1 vaccine, in the form of Flu-Mist, and offered it for free to residence hall students Tuesday.
The university made on-campus residents a priority because they live in close proximity to each other and could spread the flu easily.
The clinic for residence hall students will continue today.