Swine flu vaccine available today to Mesa County residents

Mesa County will administer several hundred doses of H1N1 flu vaccine for free today after receiving its first shipment on Thursday.

The county received 1,400 swine flu vaccine doses, 800 of which will go to area hospitals to administer to health care and emergency medical services personnel who provide direct patient care.

The remaining 600 doses will go to the Mesa County Health Department and will be administered for free to the public today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Health Department, 510 29 1/2 Road. The intranasal vaccine is available only to healthy individuals who are between the ages of 2 and 49 and aren’t pregnant. In addition, people must fall within one of the three following groups to receive the initial vaccine:

People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age.

Health care and emergency medical services personnel who provide direct medical care.

Children 2 to 4 years of age.

Health officials say their goal is to administer the vaccine to high-priority groups first and then to the rest of the target populations as additional vaccine becomes available.

Officials expect subsequent shipments of the vaccine to arrive in Mesa County on a weekly basis.

Health officials say plenty of vaccine should be available for anyone who wants it.


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