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More H1N1 vaccine received PDF Print E-mail

By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican

“Quite a bit” of the H1N1 vaccine, both in shot and nasal spray form, has been received by Chase County Community Hospital.     
That’s according to Lori Mendenhall of the Chase County Preparedness Coordination Committee and CCCH. As of Monday, she didn’t have an exact count of doses.
Most of those are in shot form, she noted.
Mendenhall said there is enough vaccine to now begin to vaccinate children under the ages of 19. Up until now, vaccinations were limited to those who are pregnant or those with immunocompromised conditions such as asthma or other medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza related complications.
Mendenhall said anyone in these categories desiring a vaccination may call or walk in at the Chase County Clinics in Imperial and Wauneta.
Two doses of the H1N1 vaccine must be taken about three weeks apart.
As for the seasonal influenza vaccine, Mendenhall said it isn’t known yet when that will again be available. CCCH had given over 400 vaccinations before supplies ran out in October.
Availability will be announced on the hospital’s website at http://chasecountyhospital.com/.
A check with school nurse Angie Paisley at Chase County Schools (CCS) Monday revealed “very few isolated cases” of influenza. Paisley said attendance is back to normal. She said that could change when seasonal influenza traditionally strikes in December and January.
Shot clinic
Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department is sponsoring an H1N1 vaccine clinic Nov. 19 at CCS. All K-12 students, plus the staff which qualify for the vaccine, will be able to obtain a shot from 7:30-9 a.m. in the auditorium.
Those of the public who qualify for the vaccine may receive one from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Paisley said students must present a consent form when asking for the vaccine. That form and a fact sheet may be found at the SWNHD web site at www.swhealthdeptcom.