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Two more H1N1 clinics to be held

Friday, December 4, 2009

The Barry County Health Department will be holding two more H1N1 flu clinics in the coming week at both the Monett and Cassville offices.

The next clinic will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 followed by another clinic from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10.

The clinics are restricted to those individuals considered most at risk to contract the H1N1 virus. These individuals include: pregnant women; people in the six months to 24-year-old age range; and those age 25 to 64 with chronic health conditions. People with egg alergies are not eligible to receive the vaccine.

According to Barry County Health Department Administrator Kathleen King, chronic health conditions that make people eligible for the vaccine include: asthma, spinal cord injury, seizure disorders, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, stroke, muscular dystrophy, lung disease, congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, blood disorders, diabetes, kidney disorders, liver disorders, metabolic disorders, weakened immune system, chronic steroid users and those under 19 who are on long-term aspirin therapy.

"Eligible residents are urged to attend these clinics to receive vaccination," said King.

Local health officials continue to urge the public to practice good handwashing and proper cough etiquette and to stay home from work when sick to proect the spread of the flu.

For more information about the upcoming H1N1 vaccine clinics, call the health department office in Monett at 354-8686 or the Cassville office at 417-847-2114.

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