Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Flu Vaccine Demand

You may have encountered problems getting your seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccines. When the vaccine first arrived, it was given to all, but the demand has been greater than the supply so recently only those with highest risk were given the vaccine. This week Salt Lake Valley Health Department still had H1N1 but only enough for children UNDER the age of 4. There is no charge for the H1N1 vaccine. Flu mist(nasal spray) is not given to pregnant women but the injection is safe.

Your other children can have the mist and one of our WeeCare moms found it available at Community Nursing Services, located at 1200 E and 3900 S suite 103 (across from St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake). They also had the seasonal flu vaccine available. There are other locations as well so you might look them up in the phone book or

Their regular Thursday and Friday clinics are being suspended in preparation for a massive vaccine clinic on Saturday, October 24 at 4 locations in Salt Lake from 7:00 to 1:00 or until 7,000 doses are used up.
Salt Lake City Public Health Center
610 South 200 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Southeast Public Health Center
9340 South 700 East
Sandy, Utah 84070
South Main Public Health Center
3690 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
Ellis R. Shipp Public Health Center
4535 South 5600 West
West Valley City, Utah 84120
For Saturday's clinics, SLVHD is expanding eligibility and will administer doses of the injectable vaccine to:
  • Pregnant women
  • People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age
  • Healthcare or emergency medical personnel
  • Children age 6 months to 24 years of age
  • Those under the age of 64 with chronic medical conditions associated with higher risk of medical problems from influenza
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