DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
H1N1 CLINICS NOW OPEN TO All - 10 years and older
The Hunterdon County Department of Health announced that all residents 10 years of age and older are now eligible to pre-register for the upcoming H1N1 influenza clinics. This follows a decision made today by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services that now enables local health departments for the first time to offer H1N1 vaccine to all residents regardless of if they have chronic health conditions or not. This also marks the first time that all residents 25 years of age and older can get vaccinated at a public H1N1 clinic. Primary physician practices will also now be able to offer vaccinations to residents who earlier did not meet the more stringent criteria.
“We’re immediately expanding our clinics beginning with this Saturday’s event at North Hunterdon Regional High School,” said John Beckley, health officer and director of the county health department. “For starters, we’ve just opened up another 400 appointment slots to begin serving residents who have been so cooperative and patient in waiting for their chance to get vaccinated. And we’ve just added two additional clinics to our schedule.” This Saturday’s clinic runs from 10am-4pm, during which a killed virus vaccine will be administered as an injection. All residents 10 years of age and older are now eligible to pre-register. Walk-in patients will not be admitted. Individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The county health department also announced its last clinic of this year to be held December 28, 1pm-4pm, and its first 2010 clinic on January 4, 10am-1pm, both located at the county complex on Route 12. At these clinics, a killed virus vaccine will be administered as an injection.
To pre-register for any of the three clinics, go to http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/health.htm. If you do not have access to a computer, contact the health department H1N1 call center at 908-237-7150 for assistance in pre-registering.
Prior to arrival at the clinic, registered patients should read the Vaccine Information Form titled “What You Need to Know,” and complete and sign the Vaccination Consent Form.
These forms can be found by clicking the link on the registration web site or the link provided in the appointment confirmation e-mail that registrants will receive.
On a related front, the county health department announced that neither it nor the other Hunterdon County H1N1 vaccine providers received any of the Sanofi-Pasteur vaccine involved in this week’s recall.
For news and updates about the H1N1 activities in Hunterdon, frequently check the county health department web site www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/health.htm. Information is also available through the call center or by sending email to email@example.com.