Community vaccination clinics to open for highest risk individuals in Collier County

The Collier County Health Department will offer H1N1 (Swine) flu vaccine at the following community vaccination clinics:

Nov. 5: North Collier Regional Park Exhibit Hall (15000 Livingston Road) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Nov. 7: Immokalee Sports Complex (505 Escambia Street) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Additional vaccination clinics will be scheduled as vaccine shipments continue to be delivered locally. Because there has a delay in vaccine shipments, vaccine supply is currently limited, heatlh officials ask individuals in the highest risk groups attend these first clinics. High risk individuals include:

- Pregnant women

- Persons who live with or provide care for infants aged 6 months (e.g. parents, siblings and daycare providers)

- Persons aged 6 months to 24 years

- Persons aged 25 to 64 years who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for flu-related complications

- Health care and emergency medical services personnel who by nature of their job are at higher risk of exposure to the flu

People who are not in one of these high risk categories will have ample opportunity to be vaccinated as the clinics are opened to all residents and visitors later in November and early December. In the meantime, to protect yourself, your loved ones and the community from H1N1 Swine flu spread, practice the following measures:

- Wash hands frequently

- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or the upper sleeve of your arm

- Stay home if you are ill and do not send ill children to school or day care

- The Health Department will announce specific locations, dates and times where the community can access the vaccine as additional vaccine becomes available. The community can also obtain this information by visiting www.CollierPrepares.org or www.myflusafety.com, or call 252-8200 and chose option 2 on the message line.

To stay up to date on local and national issues related to H1N1 Swine flu, visit www.CollierPrepares.org. The Florida Department of Health offers a 24 hour flu information line for questions in English, Spanish or Creole: 1-877-FLA-FLU1.

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