For information regarding H1N1 Flu Vaccine Clinic Schedules in Merced and Los Banos, please see below:
SPECIAL H1N1 FLU CLINIC SCHEDULED
The Merced County Department of Public Health has received its first shipment of pandemic (H1N1) flu vaccine in the form of a nasal spray, commonly known as “flu mist.” The Health Department will be holding two special
H1N1 flu vaccine clinics on Wednesday, October 14, 2009, at the times and locations detailed below.
LOCATION FOR SPECIAL CLINIC HOURS:
Merced Public Health Department
260 East 15th Street, Merced 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Los Banos Public Health Department
415 F Street, Los Banos 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Based on state guidance, the administrative fee will be waived at these special H1N1 flu vaccine clinics for any individual who does not have insurance coverage. Individuals with medical insurance should bring their insurance i.d. cards, but copayments will be waived. With this initial shipment of 600 doses, the Health Department is following state and federal guidelines recommending that the following groups receive the nasal spray vaccine, which is a weakened live virus:
• Healthy children 2 years and older, especially those younger than 10 years who are recommended to
receive two vaccine doses.
• Healthy adults under age 50 who are in contact with infants younger than 6 months old.
At the H1N1 flu vaccine clinics, the Health Department will be providing the nasal vaccine to individuals in these targeted groups who do not have a regular health care provider carrying the vaccine. Residents who are interested in receiving the vaccine should contact their regular health care provider first.
“The flu vaccine is your best protection against the flu,” stressed Dr. Timothy Livermore, Merced County’s Public Health Officer. “With this first round of H1N1 vaccine, it is important that only the recommended groups receive the nasal spray. Individuals with weakened immune systems or chronic medical conditions should not take the nasal spray vaccine but instead should wait for the traditional injection vaccine which we expect to receive in coming weeks.”
This is the first of several special clinics that are expected to be scheduled this fall and winter. As more vaccine becomes available in coming weeks, the Health Department will continue to notify the public of the availability and For more information regarding Merced County, please visit our website at www.co.merced.ca.us