Registration To Open Monday For Estes Park H1N1 Vaccination Clinics
The Estes Park office of the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment will hold H1N1 vaccination clinics for eligible priority groups on Friday, November 20th and Monday, November 23rd from 12-6 p.m. in the Town Board Room of Estes Park’s Town Hall, located at 170 MacGregor Avenue.
Registration is required for both clinics and will be available on-line starting Monday, November 16th, at 10 am at www.larimerflu.org. On-line registration will be available until 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 19th. People without computer access or who need to register in Spanish can register by telephone from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the 16th only at 970-670-6028.
Due to the limited amount of vaccine available at this time, the clinics will only be for the following high priority groups who are most at risk for complications of and hospitalization for the H1N1 influenza. If you are not in these priority groups, you are not high risk for H1N1 and you will be able to receive vaccination when supplies increase and are available for the general public.
pregnant women (shots only)
parents, household members, and/or caretakers of infants under six months old
all children age 6 months old through 4 years old
children 5 through 18 years old with underlying health conditions, such as asthma and other chronic conditions (shots only)
adults from 18 through 64 with chronic health conditions that put them at risk for complications from influenza (shots only)
health care workers and emergency medical services providers with direct patient contact
Healthy children 5 through 18 (Flu Mist nasal spray vaccine only).
According to Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, director of the Health Department, children and adults who have chronic diseases* as well as pregnant women are eligible for a flu shot only. Shots will be prioritized for these people.
“Flu Mist (nasal spray) is a very good choice for healthy children and adults under 50 who have no chronic illnesses and are not pregnant,” LeBailly said. “It cannot be used in anyone age 50 and over.
“With our limited supply of vaccine at this time, we’d like to reserve the shots for those high risk individuals who cannot take FluMist.”
For registration information and general local information on H1N1 (swine) flu, visit www.larimerflu.org. For general information on H1N1 influenza and vaccination, visit www.flu.gov.
*Chronic illnesses include:
Blood disorders (including sickle cell disease)
Chronic lung disease such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Neurological disorders such as epilepsy, cerebral palsy, brain or spinal cord injuries, moderate to profound intellectual disability [mental retardation] or developmental delay
Neuromuscular disorders (such as muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis)
Weakened immune systems (such as people with HIV or AIDS or who are on medications that weaken the immune system ).