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Winn to get H1N1 vaccine in November

Drive-by clinics provide regular flu shots

POSTED: October 28, 2009 9:31 a.m.
Winn Army Community Hospital announced recently the H1N1 vaccine would not be available to its beneficiaries until mid-November.
Hospital public affairs officials said in a news release this week the hospital expects to receive shipments of the H1N1 vaccine from the Department of Defense and from the state.
The hospital has so far received about 75 percent of its seasonal influenza vaccine order, but officials admit this too has been slow to arrive. They are giving it out as fast as it arrives.
According to the release, the vaccine shortage is due, in part, “to the tremendous pressure vaccine manufacturers have been under to deliver both seasonal and H1N1 vaccine at the exact same time, which has never occurred before.”
Winn Army Community Hospital will chave drive-through flu clinics from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. today through Friday at the overflow parking lot next to the hospital.
Family members of active duty military personnel, retirees and DoD civilians are eligible to receive the seasonal flu vaccine.
Hospital officials stress that initial supplies of the H1N1 vaccine are limited and will only be offered to high-risk groups if it becomes available for this week’s clinic. A large supply of the H1N1 vaccine is not expected to arrive until later next month.
Those at high risk for influenza, both seasonal and H1N1, include children younger than 2, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease and auto-immune disorders.
For more information, call Winn Preventive Medicine at 435-5101 or go to the Centers for Disease Control Web site at www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/.
 

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