County Executive Leopold Announces H1N1 Vaccinations are Available by Appointment
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Annapolis (October 6, 2009) - County Executive John R. Leopold announced today that residents can begin making appointments to receive free H1N1 vaccinations in Anne Arundel County.
“The Health Department has developed a plan for vaccinations in anticipation of receiving vaccine, and the County is prepared to move forward,” County Executive Leopold said. “I encourage residents to make appointments and to understand that additional supplies will follow.”
The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will provide free H1N1 flu nasal spray vaccine by appointment only to County residents on Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9 at the Annapolis Health Center, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway in Annapolis. Vaccine will be provided from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Call for an appointment at 410-222-4896.
“Vaccination is the best protection against contracting the flu. The arrival of the H1N1 nasal spray vaccine affords members of the target groups who are at greatest risk of contracting the virus or being most affected by it to protect themselves,” according to Dr. Edward L. Van Oeveren, Anne Arundel County Health Officer.”
The H1N1 nasal spray vaccine is for healthy people ages 2 through 49, who are not pregnant and who do not have some chronic medical conditions. The target groups, per the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for the live, intranasal H1N1 vaccine are:
Initial supplies of the H1N1 nasal spray vaccine are limited, but additional amounts are anticipated in coming weeks. It is projected that the injectable H1N1 vaccine will become available after mid-October. For more information, visit the Department of Health’s Website.