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More Opportunities to Protect Yourself and Your Family against H1N1

January 11, 2010
Get Vaccinated… It''s National Influenza Vaccination Week. www.flu.gov With 60 million U.S. people vaccinated against the H1N1 flu and 136 million doses still available, health organizations are urging U.S. citizens to receive the H1N1 vaccination. On Jan. 9, 2010, President Barack Obama issued a presidential proclamation for National Influenza Vaccination Week, to encourage people to receive their H1N1 vaccinations if they hadn’t done so already. Read breaking news about this week on our H1N1 News page

Now that there is an abundance of vaccine available for distribution, unexpected venues are now used as alternative vaccination locations. In Kane County, IL, the local health department (LHD) hosted a clinic for the second dose of H1N1 vaccinations at a minor league baseball stadium, which provided plenty of space for people to line up and receive their vaccination. By using a facility accustomed to large crowds, people were able to get vaccinated and leave within 25 minutes. 

In Chicago, the University of Illinois-Chicago Medical Center is using the O’Hare and Midway International Airports as alternative vaccination sights. No appointments are necessary at the clinics, and shots are $35 a passenger. 

Because of partnerships between LHDs and pharmacies, vaccines are now available at local retail locations such as CVS, Walmart, and Walgreens.

You can read more about what LHDs are doing nationwide to support their communities in response to H1N1 on the CDC Web site

NACCHO sponsored a webinar today discussing LHDs'' and community agencies'' use of alternative influenza vaccination clinic sites. Speakers included a representative from Vote & Vax, an organization working to provide vaccinations at polling places nationwide and staff from two local health departments, Champaign-Urbana (IL) County Health Department and the Palm Beach County (FL) Health Department. They discussed their innovative work with social service agencies, supermarkets, and pharmacies. Check back here soon for the link to the recorded version.


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