H1N1 flu shots available in county

Injection NeedleThe Kenosha County Division of Health Services will be giving H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine shots at a series of clinics this month and in November.

The first clinic is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Kenosha County Center, 19600 75th St. Bristol. The vaccine is free of charge.

The complete schedule of clinics is available here along with a consent form that must be filled out to receive the vaccine.

Kenosha County residents who fall into one or more of the following target groups will be eligible to receive H1N1 shots at these community clinics. The five target groups for the H1N1 vaccine are:

  • Pregnant women.
  • Persons who live with or provide care for infants aged less than 6 months (e.g., parents, siblings, and daycare providers).
  • Health-care and emergency medical services personnel.
  • Persons aged 6 months–24 years.
  • Persons aged 25-64 years who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications.

Once the demand for vaccine for these target groups has been met, the Health Department and local providers will begin vaccinating everyone from ages 25 through 64 years. Current studies indicate the risk for infection among persons age 65 or older is less than the risk for younger age groups. Therefore, as vaccine supply and demand for vaccine among younger age groups is being met, programs and providers should offer vaccination to people over the age of 65.

More H1N1 information is available here.


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