DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
H1N1 CLINIC ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2010
The Hunterdon County Department of Health announced today that it will host an H1N1 influenza clinic on Saturday, January 16, from 10am-4pm at the Hunterdon County Complex on Rt. 12 in Raritan Township. This clinic is open to all residents age 4 and older. Because both injectable vaccine and FluMist vaccine will be offered, it is anticipated that this event will be appealing to families. FluMist, which contains no preservatives, will be administered to healthy individuals age 4-49, while the injectable vaccine will be available to individuals age 10 and older regardless of health condition.
"This is National Influenza Vaccination Week," said John Beckley, health officer and director of the county health department. "It's a timely opportunity to remind residents that this flu season our county is handling a unique challenge: fighting a new type of flu. The H1N1 flu is a serious disease that by November 2009 already affected 47 million people in the U.S. with more than 200,000 people hospitalized, and unfortunately more than 9,800 deaths. The county health department is hosting H1N1 flu clinics throughout the county to give residents the opportunity to get the protection that only a vaccine can offer."
Saturday's clinic follows a similar clinic held last Saturday during which more than 725 residents were vaccinated. In total, the county health department vaccinated more than 6,000 area residents since beginning its H1N1 flu clinics in late November. While, nationwide incidences of H1N1 are currently trending downward, influenza remains widespread in NJ. Vaccination is the best protection available, and now it is more widely accessible to the general public.
Pre-registration is required for the January 16 clinic. Individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. To pre-register, go to www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/health.htm or contact the health department H1N1 call center at 908-237-7150. Specific questions can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Be sure to select the proper consent form that matches the type of vaccine you desire: FluMist or injectable. These forms can be found by clicking the link provided in an appointment confirmation e-mail registrants will receive. Consent forms will also be available at the clinic site.
In the event of inclement weather, residents should call the H1N1 call center or check the county health department web site after 8am on January 16.