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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 25, 2009

City to hold H1N1 vaccination clinics Nov. 30 and Dec. 3

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department has scheduled additional public H1N1 vaccination clinics next week while supplies last.

The clinics will be as follows: Monday, Nov. 30 from 2-6:30 p.m. at the Health Department, 2400 Troost Ave.; and Thursday, Dec. 3 from 2-6:30 p.m. at the Northland Cathedral, 101 N.W. 99th St.

Vaccinations are free and 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 H1N1 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.

More than 64,000 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 1,700 people have been vaccinated in clinics at the Health Department.

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

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

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