On Sunday, November 22, Alexandria will hold an H1N1 vaccination clinic at T. C. Williams High School from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vaccinations are free of charge. This clinic will be focused on those at highest priority for H1N1 vaccination as designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and who are eligible to receive the nasal form of the vaccine. This includes individuals between ages 2 and 49 who do not have asthma or who are not immunosuppressed.
These high-risk groups are:
- caregivers of infants less than 6 months of age
- children ages 2 to 24 years old
- health care workers
- adults 24 to 49 years old with other chronic health conditions (NOT asthmatic or immunosuppressed)
These priority groups include those at greatest risk for complications, including death, from H1N1 influenza and those who, by being vaccinated, protect vulnerable patients and infants too young to be vaccinated.
If your child has already received H1N1 vaccine in schools or elsewhere, remember that the second dose required for children under age 10 should take place at least 28 days after the first dose.
On November 22, attendees should park in the garage on the west side of the high school and enter through Door #35. Parking will not be available at the Chinquapin Recreation Center.
Cases of H1N1 continue to occur and doses of vaccine continue to arrive in Virginia.
- More than 1.2 million doses of H1N1 vaccine are in Virginia or on their way.
- Emergency Room and Urgent Care visits for influenza-like illness are at an average of five percent.
- Children 9-years -old and younger need a second booster dose after five weeks.
- Second dose can be received at your child’s school, doctor’s office or health department. Bring immunization card for reference.
- November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. More than 500,000 Virginians have diabetes. Those with diabetes are at higher risk for complications from the flu. The best protection is vaccination.