Vermont H1N1 vaccinations for people most at risk of severe illness

For Immediate Release:  Dec. 11, 2009
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON – The two public vaccine clinics scheduled this weekend in Vermont are for people most at risk for serious complications from the H1N1 flu virus.

Clinics in Vermont are scheduled for Saturday in Essex Junction (Champlain Valley Exposition, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.), and in Bennington (Second Congregational Church by appointment only, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.).

“Our vaccine supply continues to improve, but we are not yet at the point where we can offer vaccine to everyone who wants it,” said Debra Wilcox, chief of public health nursing for the Vermont Department of Health. “The clinics this weekend have an adequate supply, there should not be long lines, and people will be protected from the weather as they wait to get immunized.”

Public H1N1 vaccine clinics in Vermont are open to: pregnant women, anyone who lives with or provides care for infants younger than 6 months, health care workers and EMS personnel, anyone age 6 months through 24 years, and anyone age 25 through 64 who has a medical condition that puts them at higher risk for flu complications.

New York announced on Dec. 10 that it is among the states now offering vaccine to anyone who wants it. All of the New England states are still offering vaccine to people in the defined priority groups.

Information on H1N1 vaccination clinics is available at the Health Department's Web site: www.healthvermont.gov or by dialing 2-1-1. You can follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/healthvermont.

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