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Press Release
September 10, 2009

WMHD announces plans for H1N1 mass clinic sites

Officials urge residents to become educated about vaccine eligibility before it arrives

(Ogden, UT)  The Weber-Morgan Health Department wants residents to know that plans are being made to distribute the H1N1 influenza vaccine throughout the community when it becomes available. Even though the exact amount of available vaccine remains unclear, WMHD expects the initial delivery in mid October.

 “We are moving ahead with plans for mass vaccination clinics to immunize the target populations who are at greatest risk of contracting the H1N1 virus,” says WMHD Director Gary House. “These are not mandatory vaccination clinics, but we do encourage those who fall into the at-risk categories to be immunized to protect themselves against exposure and mitigate the spread of the illness to others.”

CDC guidelines say those who should receive the vaccine include pregnant women, household contacts and caregivers of children under 6 months old, anyone between the ages of six months and 24years, health care and emergency response workers and those age 25 to 64-years old with a health condition that puts them at risk, such as heart disease, diabetes or respiratory complications.

It is anticipated that the following clinic sites will be available for H1N1 vaccinations by mid-October: 

The Weber County Fairgrounds (Primary Site)
The Weber-Morgan Health Department, 477 23rd Street, Ogden
School-based clinics in the Ogden, Weber and Morgan School Districts, and perhaps a campus clinic at Weber State University.

A master calendar with exact dates, times and locations will be announced as soon as possible. For updated information, we encourage people to check the WMHD website www.webermorganhealth.org, local news outlets and the WMHD Twitter and Facebook pages.

“As a reminder, the public is encouraged to get a seasonal flu shot now, before we get busy with the H1N1 clinics,” House says. “Maximum protection against influenza exposure can be achieved by receiving both the seasonal and H1N1 vaccinations, especially for those in the target populations.”

Seasonal vaccine is available now on a walk-in basis, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $20 and can be billed to most insurance companies, including PEHP, Select Health, Molina Healthcare, University Healthcare, Medicare and Medicaid.