The Lawrence County Health Department has scheduled two H1N1 fu clinics for pregnant women next week.
According to Administrator Alethea Goodman, the health department has received limited doses of preservative-free H1N1 vaccine for pregnant women who live in Lawrence County. The doses will be administered during two clinics, which will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27 and from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
No appointment is needed to get the vaccine, but women will need to bring a doctor's order with them to the clinic or have it faxed to 417-466-7485 before the vaccine can be given.
The limited supply of H1N1 vaccine received by the Lawrence County Health Department is being administered first to priority groups as defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
According to the CDC, pregnant women who contract the H1N1 virus are more likely to be admitted to hospital and have a greater chance of developing serious health problems as a result of the virus. Other priority groups include healthcare workers, caregivers and children.
Although the initial supply is limited, Goodman said the department expects to receive more H1N1 vaccine in the coming month.
"Eventually we will have enough to give it to anyone that wants it, but as of now, that hasn't been approved or received," said Goodman.
The health department hopes to receive enough vaccine to make it available to Lawrence County children during Saturday and evening clinics.
The upcoming clinics will be held at the Lawrence County Health Department, which is located at 105 W. North St. in Mt. Vernon. For more information, call 417-466-2201 or 1-866-487-5657.