Those eligible to receive the vaccine to prevent H1N1 influenza
continue to expand. Pam Dvorak, RNC, Payne County Health Department District Nurse Manager has announced that two target priority groups have been expanded to include more individuals within the general population.

    “We received word on Monday that young adults and all healthcare workers may now receive H1N1 influenza immunizations,” Dvorak said. “In addition, any person who lives with or provides care for infants less than 6 months of age may now receive vaccine.”

    Both the Stillwater and Cushing Payne County Health Departments are now offering H1N1 vaccine to:

·    Children, adolescents and young adults ages 6 months-24 years
·    Pregnant women
·    All healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
·    Any person who lives with, or provides care for, infants less than 6 months: parents, siblings, grandparents and daycare providers
·    Persons 25-64 years who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications , including but not limited to: chronic pulmonary disease, rental dysfunction, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and immunosuppressive illnesses

    “In addition to our health departments, numerous private health providers now have a stock of the vaccine and can provide immunizations,” Dvorak continued. “We encourage patients to check with their physicians to see if they are offering the vaccine.”

    Special H1N1 immunization clinics are being offered at both PCHD locations each week. The Stillwater location, 1321 W. 7th, is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. every Monday and Friday through the month of November with the exception of November 27. Cushing is offering vaccinations 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, November 13 and 20. For patient convenience, these clinics are open through the lunch hour.

    For more information, please call 405/372-8200 or 918/225-3377.

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