Initially, the vaccine will come in small quantities, weekly. As the vaccine arrives, the Health Department will begin the planned vaccination program for children in Winnebago County schools and daycares. Plans for community vaccination clinics for others who are at risk of complications from the flu will be conducted to supplement school vaccinations. Persons in the initial target group include:
- Pregnant women
- People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age
- Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
- Persons between the ages of 6 months and 24 years of age
- Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications
“Again we ask members of our community who want to receive this vaccine to be patient as this program begins. There will be enough vaccine for all who wish to receive it, but initially we must protect those who are at greatest risk,” said Mike Bacon, Public Health Director.
The nasal spray (LAIV) vaccine is for healthy, non-pregnant people between the ages of 2-49 years, including healthy, non-pregnant health care workers who do not work with severely immunocompromised persons.
The Health Department will offer the H1N1 vaccinations free of charge. For more information on H1N1 please visit the Health Department’s website at www.wchd.org, or call the Health Department at 815-720-4000.