Besides the H1N1 vaccine, are there other ways to prevent getting swine flu?
SWINE FLU - MULTIMEDIA
The Naples Daily News and naplesnews.com recently held a live interactive forum with local medical professionals about swine flu.
- Archive of live swine flu chat »
- Video from swine flu forum »
- Story about interactive swine flu forum »
- FAQ: Learn about the facts about swine flu
- VIDEO: Lee County ready to offer H1N1 vaccines
- VIDEO: Swine flu prevention in Collier County
- VIDEO: 5 things to know about swine flu
- PHOTOS: See local and national photos about the fight against swine flu
- MULTIMEDIA: Google map of suspected and confirmed swine flu cases in the U.S.
- MULTIMEDIA: Chronological timelime of swine flu outbreak
- MULTIMEDIA: Interactive graph: Global alerts after swine flu outbreak
- STORIES: Read stories about swine flu
- SPECIAL SECTION: Get complete coverage about swine flu
COLLIER COUNTY — The Collier County Health Department is opening H1N1 vaccination clinics to anyone in the public who wants to get immunized and at least one Marco Island physician, Andrew Guidry, announced that the vaccine is now available on Island as well.
Get the vaccine before the rush of the tourist season, the health department announced Wednesday.
“Getting vaccinated now will allow you to be fully immunized by the New Year and should help you stay healthy when our stores, theaters and community as a whole become more crowded during tourist season,” said Dr. Joan Colfer, director of the Collier health department.
The health department started Thursday offering the H1N1 vaccine to everyone in all age groups.
People 65 and older no longer need to have an underlying health condition to be eligible for the vaccine.
Guidry will be offering the vaccine at his office on a walk-in basis, he announced Tuesday. The vaccines were provided by the Center for Disease Control and will be available to the public at no cost. He said he received the vaccines for the first time last Friday and began offering them Monday.
The nasal spray is not currently available at his office, but the shot form is, Guidry said.
“We’ve got a ton of it and we will reorder as needed.”
Health Department spokeswoman Deb Millsap said there is plenty of the nasal flu mist version, which can only be given to healthy individuals between the ages of 2-49, available at the county clinics.
Florida health departments determine when and how much H1N1 vaccine is distributed to local doctors, she added.
“We have approximately 100 local doctors in Collier who have registered and requested vaccine. Many of them have already received allotments and all of them will receive vaccine as the shipments continue to come in.”
Inquire with your physician for more information.
Guidry’s office is located in the Marco Medical Group building at 19 Bald Eagle Dr., Suite B, and may be contacted at 394-4111.
Clinics provided by the health department are at the former KMart, 12693 U.S. 41 E. in East Naples on the dates below. All times are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Friday, Dec. 11
• Tuesday, Dec. 15
• Friday, Dec. 18
• Tuesday, Dec. 22
• Tuesday, Dec. 29
Are you an Island physician with H1N1 vaccine that you would like to inform the public about? If so, then leave a comment below this story to help spread the word, not the flu and contact reporter Kelly Farrell, email@example.com.