For Immediate Release: Dec. 9, 2009
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
BURLINGTON – Due to severe weather in Vermont today, a number of public and school H1N1 vaccine clinics that were scheduled for today have been postponed:
- The public clinic scheduled for tonight at the Barre Auditorium will now be held on Dec. 10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- The public clinic scheduled for Mill River Union High School today (cancelled a couple of weeks ago) will now be held at the Holiday Inn in Rutland on Dec. 10 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
School clinics scheduled for today that have been rescheduled:
- Waits River Valley Elementary School in East Corinth will be held Dec. 10.
- Green Street Elementary School and Oak Grove Elementary School clinics have been rescheduled for Dec. 15.
- Rutland Middle School clinic is postponed until Dec. 18.
The Vermont Department of Health continues to urge people most at risk for serious complications from the H1N1 flu virus to get vaccinated and protect themselves from illness. A total of 137 people have been hospitalized with H1N1 influenza (Sept. 1 through Dec. 5), including 42 people who were admitted to intensive care.
“Don’t let the weather change your mind about getting vaccinated,” said State Epidemiologist Patsy Kelso, PhD. “Flu illness seems to be waning, but we are still seeing widespread flu activity in Vermont. With more vaccine coming into the state, now is a good time for people at high risk for serious illness to get vaccinated.”
Public H1N1 vaccine clinics are generally open to eligible people of all ages: pregnant women, anyone who lives with or provides care for infants younger than 6 months, health care workers and EMS personnel, anyone age 6 months through 24 years, and anyone age 25 through 64 who has a medical condition that puts them at higher risk for flu complications. School clinics are set up exclusively for students, who must have parental permission before being vaccinated, and eligible staff.