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Health officials urge Americans to get H1N1 vaccine despite drop in cases

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WASHINGTON. - Now is the time to get the swine flu vaccine, the government said Monday.

With 80 million doses available this week, the government's rolling out a new public service campaign urging children, young adults and pregnant women to get the swine flu vaccine.

The CDC is reporting fewer people are getting sick, but that may not be the case come January.

"This wave may be decreasing right now but what we want to do is prevent a third wave," said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Manufacturers are making 10 million new doses a week. At that rate, it could be spring before there's enough for everyone.

In some areas, priority groups have been covered and healthy Americans can get the vaccine now.

Pediatric deaths are a particular concern as 210 children have died from swine flu this year.

The Spokane Regional Health District is holding public clinics in December that will offer both versions of the H1N1 vaccine (injectable & nasal). Supply will be limited and you must schedule an appointment in  advance. December clinics are as follows:

  • December 8, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  East Central Community Center
  • December 10, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Northeast Community Center

To make an appointment, you must fall into one of the Centers for Disease Control's priority groups.

They include:

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  • People who live with or care for infants younger than six months old
  • Healthcare and emergency medical workers
  • Anyone from 6-months-old to 24-years-old
  • People from 25-years-old to 64-years-old with a chronic health condition

If you qualify and want the vaccination, call 324-1648 for an appointment.

 

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