Local Health Department Offering H1N1 Daily

Huntsville, TN (2010-01-08) The Scott County Health Department is currently offering H1N1 vaccinations.  An extended hour clinic will be held on Thursday 01-14-10 from 4:00-6:00 pm.  H1N1 vaccinations are also available daily.  Please call 423-663-2445 for additional information or to schedule an appointment.  The H1N1 flu vaccine is provided free of charge.

The H1N1 flu mist is available for healthy individuals age  2 years to 49 years, and injectable vaccine is available for everyone age  6 months and older.

“Even though we have not seen a large amount of confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu in our county we know there have been many cases that may have gone unreported,” commented Art Miller, Director of the County Health Department.  “The number of cases may be lower now, but the Centers of Disease Control in Atlanta feel that we will see a third wave in early spring.”  Therefore, it is very important that we continue to make the vaccine available for everyone,” added Nursing Supervisor, Kerri Hamby.

The Scott County and Oneida City School Systems have invited the Health Department to begin H1N1 vaccinations in the schools later this month, an invitation that both Miller and Hamby lauded.   Permission slips will be sent to parents prior to the provision of school vaccinations.  Children under 10 will require a second dose one month later.

Information about clinics and vaccine availability are on the Tennessee Department of Health Web site at http://health.state.tn.us/H1N1.htm.

For more information about the H1N1 or seasonal flu vaccines, call the Scott Health Department at (423) 663-2445 or contact the Tennessee Flu Information Line at 1.877.252.3432.  Information is also available on the Web at www.tn.gov/health or www.flu.gov.