Tuesday November 17, 2009
Louisville, Ky. (November 17, 2009) The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold another clinic to immunize those at high-risk from H1N1 flu. The Department has 3,000 vaccine doses available for this clinic - about 1,500 nasal mist doses and 1,500 injections (shots).
The nasal flu mist is as effective as the injection and is for people ages 2 to 49 with no underlying health conditions.
The walk-in clinic will be held Saturday November 21 at the Urban Government Center located at 810 Barret Ave. The clinic will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. as long as vaccine supply lasts. Those wishing to be vaccinated should enter through the South entrance (Neighborhood Place).
Due to the nationwide limited vaccine, the clinic is for these high-risk groups only:
• pregnant women
• people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of
• people between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old
• people 25 years through 64 years of age with chronic health
disorders or compromised immune systems
• healthcare workers
• emergency first responders
Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. People can help to alleviate clinic waiting time by going to www.louisvilleky.gov/health and downloading and completing the consent form then bringing it to the clinic.
The Department of Public Health and Wellness, with the support of the University of Louisville, administered more than 19,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine at drive-thru and walk up clinics held on November 11 and 12. In addition, the Department has already distributed more than 52,000 H1N1 vaccine doses to 170 area hospitals and health care providers. Much of this vaccine is now available to patients at high risk of H1N1.
People with questions about the clinics or about H1N1 vaccine may phone the Louisville H1N1 Flu Hotline at 568 – H1N1 (4161).
The line is answered weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.