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CONTACT: Mary Charles, city communications officer, (816) 513-1356

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 12, 2009

City to hold second H1N1 vaccination clinic Nov. 13
Priority grouping expanded, ongoing clinics scheduled

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department’s second public H1N1 vaccination clinic will be Friday, Nov. 13 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or while supplies last, in the Health Department Atrium, 2400 Troost Ave. Vaccine is free of charge, and will be for members of the expanded priority groups only.

Starting Monday, Nov. 16, H1N1 vaccine will also be made available for the expanded priority groups on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m. at the Health Department.

Vaccine will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last for the following expanded priority groups:

    § Pregnant women

    § Children and young adults from 6 months through 24 years old

    § Adults 25 to 64 years old with significant chronic health conditions

    § Household contacts and caregivers of children under six months

    § Health care workers with identification

Unfortunately, those 65 years old and older are not yet eligible for vaccine according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Unlike with regular seasonal influenza, those over 65 have been less likely to become infected with H1N1.

“Due to the amount of vaccine now available, we are expanding the priority groups following CDC recommendations,” said Dr. Rex Archer, director of the Health Department. ”The short wait times in our Wednesday clinic seem to indicate that the City’s strategy of direct distribution to medical providers has been successful in reaching the initial priority groups in Kansas City.”

More than 40,000 doses of vaccine have already been distributed to medical providers in Kansas City, Mo., who have agreed to provide these doses to people in the priority groups. Another 313 people were vaccinated in the Wednesday clinic at the Health Department.

For more information on vaccine availability, call (816) 513-6008.

Media inquiries about this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, public information officer for the Health Department, (816) 840-2548 (pager).

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