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City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: Mary Charles, city communications officer, (816) 513-1356
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 1, 2009
City partners with other agencies to hold northland H1N1 vaccination clinic
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department’s next public H1N1 vaccination clinic will be held in the northland on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 2-6:30 p.m. at the Northland Cathedral, 101 N.W. 99th St. This clinic is in partnership with the Clay County Health Department, the Platte County Health Department, the North Kansas City School District and the Park Hill School District.
“The partnership between the health departments and the school districts to provide a large-scale H1N1 flu clinic for high-risk groups demonstrates our willingness for regional cooperation to help and protect all of our residents,” said City Councilwoman Deb Hermann, 1st District at large.
The H1N1 virus has hit hardest among children. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta reported 27 H1N1 associated pediatric deaths during the week of Nov.15-21. Since August 30, the CDC has received 140 reports of H1N1 associated pediatric deaths during the current influenza season.
“We encourage Kansas City parents in the northland and across the city to consider taking advantage of this opportunity to protect their children," said Councilman Russ Johnson, 2nd District.
Vaccinations are free of charge, and will be administered while supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis 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.
More than 77,500 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 2,130 people have been vaccinated in clinics 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).