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First H1N1 (swine flu) Vaccine Clinic

October 20, 2009

TACOMA | October 20, 2009 | The first free school-based H1N1 (swine flu) vaccination clinics will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2009. This clinic will be for H1N1 (swine flu) vaccination only. (There will be no seasonal flu vaccine available.)

The H1N1 vaccine clinic will at Emerald Ridge High School, 12405 184th Street E., Puyallup School District. The clinic will start at 9 AM and stay open until 4 PM or until vaccine runs out.

This clinic is primarily for children and young adults between the ages of 2 years and 24 years of age. Children and young adults are one of the H1N1 priority groups. Priority groups include those at higher risk for flu-related complications. Priority groups should receive H1N1 vaccine first.

IMPORTANT: Most H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine will be given in the form of a nasal spray. If your child has a chronic medical condition, such as asthma or diabetes, they cannot receive the nasal spray vaccine. Also, pregnant women cannot receive nasal spray vaccine. Both of these high-risk groups should receive injectable H1N1 vaccine.

A limited number of H1N1 flu shots will be available for:

  • Children with asthma or other medical conditions
  • Pregnant women

The H1N1 flu shots will contain thimerosal, which is a preservative. The ban on thimerosal was lifted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the production of H1N1 vaccine.

IMPORTANT: Children or adolescents on long-term aspirin therapy should not receive the nasal spray vaccine. Anyone who is in close contact with a person with a severely compromised immune system should not get nasal spray vaccine.

If you do not know if you should or should not get H1N1 nasal spray vaccine, please talk with your health care provider.

IMPORTANT: Your child cannot be vaccinated if they have symptoms of illness, such as:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches

If your child is sick, please contact your medical provider.

For frequently asked questions about H1N1 vaccine click here For more information on H1N1 and flu prevention visit:

Check with your child's school about future school-based clinics in your area. Visit for H1N1 news, information and updates. Please check back often, information will be updated frequently.

Call (253) 798-6410 for questions or concerns related to H1N1 vaccination.

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