KANE COUNTYâ€”The Kane County Health Department received its first shipment of nasal-spray H1N1 flu vaccine last week. The limited shipment of 500 doses will be used to vaccinate health care workers, emergency services personnel and police officers.
â€œWe are extremely pleased to have received our first shipment of H1N1 vaccine as we prepare to open our public clinics later in the month,â€ said Paul Kuehnert, Health Department Executive Director.
Health care workers and emergency first responders are already being exposed to ill people in clinical settings, and it is important that they be able to keep providing services during the H1N1 outbreak. The Health Department initially will provide the nasal spray to health care workers and emergency first responders, including its staff and volunteers who will be manning the mass public clinics beginning Monday, Oct. 26. After more nasal spray vaccine is delivered, it will be made available in the public clinics.
The nasal spray vaccine is not for people less than 2 years of age or older than 50. More information about the nasal spray vaccine is available at www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/nasalspray.htm.
To learn more about the Health Departmentâ€™s â€œStop the Flu: It Starts With Youâ€ campaign, visit www.kanehealth.com/stop_flu.htm.
H1N1 clinic sites announced
The Kane County Health Department announced that it will open public clinics beginning Monday, Oct. 26, to administer the H1N1 vaccine.
In addition, nearly 200 private providers in Kane Countyâ€”doctorâ€™s offices, clinics and pharmaciesâ€”also have submitted orders for the H1N1 vaccine, which will make it available to residents at multiple locations throughout the county.
The Kane County Health Department will conduct nine public clinics to dispense H1N1 flu vaccine over the course of three successive Mondays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
â€¢Â East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora
â€¢Â St. Charles North High School, 255 Red Gate Road, St. Charles
â€¢Â Larkin High School, 1475 Larkin Ave., Elgin
â€¢Â Dundee Crown High School, 1500 Kings Road, Carpentersville
â€¢Â Central High School, 44W625 Plato Road, Burlington
â€¢Â Illinois Math and Science Academy, 1500 W. Sullivan Road, Aurora
â€¢Â Hampshire High School, 1600 Big Timber Road, Hampshire
â€¢Â Mooseheart, Route 31, between North Aurora and Batavia
(Third site to be determined)
The Health Department also is planning to open two Saturday clinics, on Nov. 21 and Dec. 5, at a location yet to be determined. The department submitted an order for 64,000 doses of the vaccine, however, the department likely will not receive it all in one shipment, nor is there a guarantee that it will get all that was ordered.
Kane County residents who fall into one or more of the following priority groups will be eligible to receive H1N1 shots at these community clinics.
The five target groups for the H1N1 vaccine are as follows:
â€¢ pregnant women
â€¢ people who live with or provide care for infants aged under 6 months
â€¢ health-care and emergency medical services personnel
â€¢ people aged 6 months to 24 years
â€¢ people aged 25 to 64 years who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications
The Health Department will make the vaccine available free of charge at the community clinics.
After 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.
CDC recommends that children 9 and younger receive two doses of 2009 H1N1 vaccine, which should be separated by one month. Infants younger than 6 months are too young to get the 2009 H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines. The Health Department recommends contacting your physician if you have any questions about whether you or a member of your family should receive the vaccine.