For Immediate Release: Oct. 30, 2009
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health and the state’s home health agencies and Visiting Nurse Associations are offering H1N1 flu vaccine. A total of 37 clinics are currently scheduled for locations around the state starting Nov. 3 and continuing into January.
These clinics are for those people who are most at risk for serious illness from the 2009 H1N1 flu and are not getting vaccinated by their health care provider or at a school clinic:
- Pregnant women
- Household contacts and caregivers for infants younger than 6 months
- Anyone age 6 months to 24 years
- Anyone age 25 through 64 who have health conditions that put them at higher risk of medical complications from the flu. This includes people with chronic lung disease, such as asthma; chronic heart, kidney or liver disease; diabetes; compromised immune system due to disease or treatment; and neuromuscular conditions
Anyone 65 years and older is not eligible for H1N1 vaccine at the public health clinics at this time.
To locate a vaccination clinic, got to the Health Department’s website at www.healthvermont.gov, then select H1N1 Vaccine Clinics at the top of the home page. Clinics next week are being held in Middlebury, Manchester Center and Colchester.
Vaccinations are provided at no charge. No documentation or insurance cards are needed to be vaccinated. Vaccine will be delivered on a first-come, first-served basis. There may be some waiting in line, so clinic organizers suggest that people wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
Extensive information, tools and resources about seasonal and pandemic flu, healthy habits and preparedness are available at the Health Department’s website: healthvermont.gov or dial 2-1-1. You can also follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/healthvermont.