(WOOD) - The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) andthe 45 local health departments in the state have agreed that allcounties will concentrate on the five target groups to receive theH1N1 vaccine as recommended by Centers for Disease Control andPrevention (CDC), and focusing solely on subsets of the target groups is nolonger necessary.
The MDCH and local departments began the new plan on Dec. 1. Vaccination for thegeneral population possibly may begin in a few weeks but only afterdata from local health departments and healthcare partners assuresthat target groups throughout the state have had an adequate chancefor vaccination.
“We must be sure that the population most vulnerable tothe H1N1 flu is safe and protected before we expand theavailability of the vaccine,” said Dr. Eden Wells, statemedical epidemiologist. “While more and more vaccine iscoming into the state more quickly everyday, we still have to besure we have an adequate supply for the target groups beforeopening the vaccine to the general public.”
These target groups are:
- Pregnant women because they are at higher risk of complications and can potentially provide protection to infants who cannot be vaccinated
- Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age because younger infants are at higher risk of influenza-related complications and cannot be vaccinated. Vaccination of those in close contact with infants younger than 6 months old might help protect infants by “cocooning” them from the virus
- Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel because infections among healthcare workers have been reported and this can be a potential source of infection for vulnerable patients. Also, increased absenteeism in this population could reduce healthcare system capacity
- All people from 6 months through 24 years of age
- Children from 6 months through 18 years of age because cases of 2009 H1N1 influenza have been seen in children who are in close contact with each other in school and day care settings, which increases the likelihood of disease spread
- Young adults 19 through 24 years of age because many cases of 2009 H1N1 influenza have been seen in these healthy young adults and they often live, work, and study in close proximity, and they are a frequently mobile population
- Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza, such as asthma, diabetes, heart, lung or kidney problems or a weakened immune system.
For more information, see www.michigan.gov/flu
The availability of the H1N1 flu vaccine at West Michigan healthdepartments.
The Kent County Health Department is now offering the H1N1 flu vaccine to all Kent County residentswho would like to be vaccinated. Over the last few months,only people in certain priority groups have been eligible to bevaccinated, as Kent County strived to reach those at highest riskfor complications from H1N1 influenza, and dealt with limitedsupplies of vaccine.
“Thanks to the swift response from local health careproviders and public health, individuals in the high risk groupshave had ample opportunity to be vaccinated, and many have beenseized that opportunity,” said Cathy Raevsky, AdministrativeHealth Officer for KCHD. “At the same time, we are hearingmore people outside of those groups asking for vaccine. We feelthat this is the right time to offer H1N1 vaccine to all of ourresidents.”
There are no vaccination clinics scheduled at this time.
Anyone seeking vaccination can contact their health careprovider to see if their provider plans to offer the vaccine. Ifthe provider does not plan to offer vaccine, any Kent Countyresident may make an appointment for the KCHD's clinics.
For more information, you can call (616) 742-4FLU (4358) or goto stickittotheflu.com.
For information on where to get the seasonal flu shot, pleasecheck with participating pharmacies and physicians or visit www.spectrum-health.org/flu
The Ottawa County Health Department does nothave any H1N1 vaccination clinics scheduled at this time. Theclinics will be available for those in these priority groups:
- Healthy Ottawa County residents ages 2 through 24 years and ages 25 to 49 years who live with or care for infants younger than 6 months of age
- Those who are uninsured
- Those who have insurance that does not cover the administration cost
- Those who have a primary health care provider who is not participating in the H1N1 vaccine program
Those who are not eligible for this clinic are encouraged tocontinue checking with their primary health care provider for thevaccine. A list of participating providers is available at www.miOttawa.org/flu. As vaccines becomes morewidely available, the health department will offer additionalpublic clinics, which will include shots for a wider range ofpriority group members. Details are pending.
For more information, visit www.miottawa.org/flu or call the flu hotline at(616) 494-5575 or (616) 393-5632. Keep in touch by searching flugranny on Facebook and becoming a fan.
Check the Van Buren County Health DepartmentWeb site for the latest H1N1 vaccination clinics. The clinics arefor:
- Pregnant women
- Children and young adults ages 6 months to 24 years
- People who live with or care for infants less than 6 months
- People ages 25-64 years old with underlying medical conditions
- Health care workers with direct patient contact
If you do not fit into one of the groups mentioned above, youwill not be served. Our H1N1 vaccine supply for these clinics islimited and it is very important to vaccinate those individualsconsidered highest risk first. If you are 65 years of age or older,regardless of medical condition, you are not considered at highestrisk of getting the H1N1 and therefore you WILL NOT be able to bevaccinated at this time. Eventually, once the supply of the vaccineincreases, everyone who wants the vaccine will be able to get it.There will be additional clinics to accommodate individuals not inthe above target groups and for children less than 10 years of agewho will need a second dose of the vaccine.
The vaccine is free of charge.
A registration form for these clinics can be downloaded
Meijer pharmacies within Muskegon County began offering the H1N1flu shot to residents age 14 and up on Dec. 14. Meijer officialsare requesting that residents call their Meijer pharmacy forvaccination questions and availability.
Meijer and Walmart are primarily offering the H1N1 flu vaccineto Muskegon County residents who:
- Do not have insurance
- Insurance only covers a portion or none of the cost of immunization
- Do not have a health care provider
- The H1N1 vaccine is not available at their health care provider office
Walmart and Meijer are offering the H1N1 flu vaccine to MuskegonCounty residents who fit these categories at no charge. Walmart andMeijer will also offer the H1N1 flu vaccine to insured residents,provided that the pharmacy is able to bill insurance foradministrative fees.
Pamida Pharmacy in Whitehall is offering the H1N1 flu nasalspray to healthy individuals ages 2 to 49. Muskegon Countyresidents are asked to call Pamida to ask about vaccination timesand availability.
Thanks to the help of Medical Reserve Corp volunteers, PublicHealth-Muskegon County will start taking appointments for allresidents wanting to get the H1N1 flu vaccine at no charge as ofDec. 14. Residents can schedule an appointment to receive the H1N1flu shot or nasal spray at 209 East Apple Ave. by calling (231)724-7191 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Public Health-Muskegon County would like to remind residentsthat the H1N1 flu vaccination is now available to all residentsages 6 months and up. For a complete list of vaccine provider hoursand availability, residents can visit the health department's Website, or call 2-1-1, or contact the vaccination location forspecific details.
The Ionia County Health Department does nothave any H1N1 vaccination clinics scheduled at this time.
Call the health department at (616) 527-5341 or visit the Website for more information.
Allegan County Health Department is holdingH1N1 vaccination clincs at the following times and locations:
- Dec. 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Fennville High School, 4 S. Memorial
- Dec. 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Otsego High School, 550 Washingon
To schedule an appointment, call Allegan Healthcare Group at(269) 686-4350 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.
The Kalamazoo County Health and Community ServicesDepartment is now offering the H1N1 flu vaccine to allresidents who would like to be vaccinated. Appointments areavailable daily at the Health & Community Services department,3299 Gull Rd. in Kalamazoo. To schedule an appointment please call(269) 373-5200 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no chargefor the vaccine.
The Calhoun County Public Health Department isoffering H1N1 vaccinations at the Toeller Building, 190 E. MichiganAve., every Tuesday from 1-4 p.m. and Thursday from 8-11 a.m. and1-4 p.m.
All clinics include H1N1 Booster doses as well.
The clinics are open to all Calhoun County residents who meetthe guidelines listed below. No appointment is necessary. Thevaccine is free. H1N1 flu shots will be given to Calhoun Countyresidents on a first-come, first-serve basis who meet theguidelines below:
- Pregnant women
- Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age
- Health care and emergency medical services personnel
- People 6 months through 24 years of age
- People aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease)
There has been discussion at the federal level about removingthe restrictions and opening H1N1 vaccination to all citizens.However, at this time, restrictions have not been lifted in CalhounCounty.
If you received an immunization card when your child receivedtheir initial H1N1 vaccination, please bring this card with you.Also please bring your insurance or Medicaid card with you.
If you have any questions concerning the H1N1 influenza virus,please visit the health department's Web site or call (269)969-6363.
The Mid-Michigan District Health Department hasH1N1 vaccination clinics open to residents of Clinton, Gratiot andMontcalm counties. Vaccinations will be offered as long as supplieslast. There is no cost to receive the vaccine and no appointment isnecessary. In order to be vaccinated, children under 18 must beaccompanied by a parent or guardian. Children ages 9 and youngerwill need two doses approximately four weeks apart, while personsage 10 and older will need only one dose.
9-11:30 a.m. and 1-6 p.m.
Mid-Michigan District Health Department
1307 E. Townsend Rd. in St. Johns
For more information, call (989) 224-2195
No clinics scheduled
No clinics scheduled
The District Health Department covers suchcounties including Mecosta, Newaygo and Oceana. Check the Web sitefor the latest H1N1 vaccination clinic information. The clinics areopen to all residents.
The Barry-Eaton District Health Departmentsays seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccines are available to all Barry andEaton county residents who would like to be vaccinated.
- Jan. 4 from 1-4 p.m.
- Jan. 7 from 1-4 p.m.
- Barry-Eaton District Health Dept. at 330 W. Woodlawn Ave. in Hastings
- Call (269) 945-9516 press 3 then 2 (flu line)
- Jan. 5 from 1-4 p.m.
- Jan. 8 from 1-4 p.m.
- Barry-Eaton District Health Dept. at 1033 Health Care Dr. in Charlotte
- Call (517) 541-2690 (Flu line)
The Berrien County Health Department willbegin offering the H1N1 influenza vaccine in its offices byappointment only. Vaccine restrictions have been lifted and anyonewho wishes to be vaccinated can do so. Appointments are availableall day in Benton Harbor and Niles beginning Dec. 18 and continuingeach Friday through January.
Please call the Benton Harbor office at (269) 927-5636 or Nilesoffice at (269) 684-2800 ext. 5636 Monday through Friday toschedule an appointment.
Appointments will also be available all day in the Three Oaksoffice every Tuesday in January beginning January 5. Please callthe Three Oaks office at (269) 756-2008 Tuesday through Thursday toschedule an appointment.
The Newaygo County Health Department isscheduling appointments for H1N1 flu vaccinations for high-riskpersons only. To receive a vaccine, people must be in one of thetarget groups recommended by the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention. These groups are: pregnant women, caregivers of infantsyounger than 6 months, persons ages 6 months to 24 years, peopleaged 25-64 years with chronic medical conditions, and health careworkers.
Vaccine supplies are extremely limited. The health departmentdoes not have enough vaccine at this time to provide it to peoplewho are not in these groups. Announcements will be made as morevaccine is received and we are able to offer it more widely. Checkthe health department's Web site for more information.
If you are in one of these high-risk groups, you may call theNewaygo County Health Department at (231) 689-7300 to schedule anappointment.
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