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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Regional Health District received the first batch of H1N1 vaccine in the nasal spray form. The Health District will begin scheduling appointments for H1N1 flu vaccinations next Monday, October 12, at 8 a.m.

Appointments scheduled will not be held until the following Monday, October 19, when the District expects to have enough vaccine for clinic operations.  

Only people who are in a high-risk group will be able to receive an appointment. They include:

  • Pregnant women
  • People who live with or care for infants younger than six months old
  • Healthcare and emergency medical workers
  • Anyone from six months to 24 years of age
  • People from 25 to 64 years of age with health conditions that put them at higher risk of complications from the flu.

The number to call for an appointment is 324-1648 will be activated at 8 a.m. on October 12.  

As more vaccine becomes available over the next few weeks, many healthcare providers will be giving the vaccinations to their patients who are in prioritized groups, so people are urged to call their own provider to see if they will be offering the vaccine.  

The Health District has several free clinics planned in the community and will be providing the vaccine, during expanded hours, at the Health District's clinic beginning on October 19 by appointment only.

The clinic will begin scheduling the appointments once they have confirmation on an arrival date for additional vaccine. Those who are in the CDC priority groups, should call 324-1495, during the week of October 12 for information on when scheduling for the appointments will begin. 

The Health District has scheduled three, free, community vaccination clinics for people in priority groups.

  • October 24 - at the Central Spokane YMCA - from 8am - to 3pm
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  • November 14- North Spokane YMCA - from 8am - to 3pm

More public clinics are being planned. As those clinic locations are confirmed they will be posted on the Health District's web site.

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