|The Lawrence County Health Department has announced clinic dates for dispensing additional H1N1 vaccinations.|
The vaccine is being administered to Lawrence County residents only who fall into the following priority groups:
|* Individuals must be a resident of Lawrence County.|
* Children between the age of 6 months to 18 years.
* Individuals between the age of 18 to 24 years.
* Individuals between the age of 25 to 64 years old with a chronic health condition or weak immune system. Examples of chronic health conditions or weakened immune systems include diabetes, cancer, HIV, asthma, heart disease (not including high blood pressure), renal and hepatic disease, neurologic and neuromuscular disorders and long-term steroid or immunosuppressant therapy.
* Pregnant women who have a doctors order to receive the vaccine.
* Parents of infants under the age of 6 months.
* Teachers who teach in Lawrence County schools.
Vaccines for the general public, which include healthy adults and individuals over 64 years old, will be announced as vaccine becomes available.
|As of press time, the Lawrence County Health Department has reported 144 type A influenza cases and seven confirmed H1N1 cases.||Symptoms of H1N1 can include fatigue, fever, sore throat, muscle aches, chills, coughing and sneezing. Additional symptoms could include diarrhea and vomiting. Health department officials said most people recover from the flu within a week, while some develop pneumonia or other serious illnesses.|
The dates for the special H1N1 flu vaccine clinics are:
* Monday, Nov. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m.
* Monday, Nov. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m.
* Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m.
The 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.