|H1N1 flu shot clinic draws over 500
Nobody was turned away Saturday at a free H1N1 flu vaccine clinic hosted by the SSU Nursing Dept. in cooperation with the Sonoma County Dept. of Public Health at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma. Over 500 people showed up to get a jump on one of the worst flu viruses in recent memory.
Some waited over two hours, but reports said higher wait times were had at a Windsor High School clinic the same day, also run by the Sonoma County Dept. of Public Health.
A team effort made the event run smoothly, despite President Obama’s recent declaration of the flu as a “national emergency.” SSU students administered the shots, the Salvation Army fed and supported the nursing staff, Sebastopol CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) did traffic and line control. Everyone was welcome, not just Petalumans.
The department is hosting another clinic in December for the H1N1 and seasonal flu viruses. The Centers for Disease Control says those most in need ot H1N1 flu shots are people 6 months to 24 years of age get flu shots, followed by adults with chronic medical conditions age 25-64, then pregnant woman, caregivers followed by health care workers.
“Individuals who are not in one of these categories should not expect to be vaccinated until the vaccine becomes widely available,” said the Sonoma County Department of Health Services. This includes adults over 64, because “studies have shown that most older individuals have some immunity to 2009 H1N1 from exposure to flu viruses over the courses of their lives.”
County health services plans to offer free H1N1 vaccination clinics later this year, including Nov. 14 at Windsor High School and Cook Middle School in Santa Rosa, Nov. 21 at Casa Grande, and Dec. 5 at various locations in the county, at which point the seasonal and H1N1 vaccines will be available.
For more information visit www.sonoma-county.org/h1n1 or call 565-4477.