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H1N1 flu vaccine available for persons at high risk

Public Health - Seattle & King County is making H1N1 flu vaccine available for persons at high risk for H1N1 influenza at certain area pharmacies.

Click here for a complete list of participating pharmacies.

Due to the national delay in vaccine production, H1N1 vaccine is still in short supply and coming in to the county slowly. The amount of H1N1 vaccine at pharmacies will be limited, with each pharmacy receiving a few hundred doses each. Vaccine will be re-supplied to pharmacies as more becomes available over the coming weeks.

Note for caregivers seeking H1N1 vaccine for babies and children: Many pharmacies are unable to vaccinate babies and young children because their staff is not licensed and/or trained for these age groups. Public Health is making every effort to get vaccine to healthcare providers caring for babies and young children. Health care providers who have ordered the vaccine will continue to get supplies as vaccine becomes available.

To protect those who are at highest risk from severe illness from H1N1 influenza, H1N1 vaccine is currently available to people in the following groups:

• Pregnant women;

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

• Young people between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old;

• People ages of 25 through 64 years of age who are at higher risk for severe H1N1 because of chronic health conditions (such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes, or brain/nervous system disorders) or weakened immune systems;

• Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel with direct patient contact.

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