H1N1 FLU UPDATE LEVY COUNTY

                                  
LEVY COUNTY, Fl – Levy County Health Department continues to receive shipments of the H1N1 (Swine) Flu vaccine.  During the period when vaccine is in limited supply, Levy County Health Department is following vaccination recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The ACIP recommends that vaccination efforts initially focus on 5 target groups:
• Pregnant women
• People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age
• Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
• Persons between the ages of 6 months and 24 years
• People ages 25 through 64 years who are at higher risk for complications because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems (due to medical therapy or disease)
 
 People in the target groups should not delay getting the vaccine. The health department is currently offering appointment based evening clinics, from 5-7 pm at the health department in Bronson, for people in the target groups. To schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine, call the Levy County Health Department at 486-5300 extension 261.
 
 The H1N1 vaccine is FREE and VOLUNTARY.  Levy County Health Department expects to include the general public when more vaccine becomes available.
 
Healthcare workers and first responders have been vaccinated. The health department is coordinating delivery of vaccine to local medical providers to give to patients in the target groups. We are in the process of providing H1N1 (Swine) Flu vaccine to the daycare and PreK population. Additionally, we have sent out consents to all elementary, middle and high school students in anticipation of administering the vaccine to them.
 

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