Preparations underway for H1N1 vaccine clinics

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Thousands of people in the central Kentucky region are expected to get the H1N1 vaccine this weekend.

The first round of large scale vaccine clinics are taking place in numerous counties including Fayette, Madison, Scott, Laurel, Nicholas, and Harrison. Other large scale clinics will take place in the coming days and weeks as more vaccine becomes available.

Both the injectable form as well as the inhaled form of the vaccine are available at the clinics. The injectable form of the H1N1 vaccine is an inactive or killed form of the virus and is recommended for everyone in the target groups. The inhaled form of the vaccine is a live form of the virus and is intended for those who do not have any underlying health conditions.

Many of the vaccine clinics are open to the entire population but health officials are asking those who aren't in the high risk group to try to wait until high-risk persons get vaccinated. Those in the target population include pregnant women, caregivers of children under the age of six months, healthcare workers, all people ages 6 months to 24 years, and people ages 25 to 64 years old who have underlying health conditions.

Go to the H1N1 link our our website for the latest information on H1N1 clinics in our area.

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