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OUTDATED AS OF OCTOBER 15TH, Please see www.UtahCountyHealth.org for updated information.

The Utah County Health Department (UCHD) has received its first shipment of Novel Influenza A H1N1 vaccine and will start administering it to county residents on Thursday. This first vaccine is available in nasal spray form only, and is suggested for use by otherwise healthy individuals between the ages of 2 to 49.

Vaccination Clinics will begin Thursday at the Utah County Health and Justice Building (151 S. University Ave, Provo) and continue while supplies last. Thursday the clinic will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and re-open on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The vaccine is free, but UCHD may bill insurances for administration fees. People are being asked to bring their insurance cards with them.

Residents are encouraged to check with the UCHD web site (www.UtahCountyHealth.org) or call the Utah County Health Information Line at 851-2222 for exact availability. UCDH spokesperson Lance Madigan said, "We will provide up-to-the-hour information on availability to the public through those avenues, as well as our Twitter and FaceBook social media sites."

"We want to encourage individuals in the target groups to be vaccinated first, and encourage otherwise healthy individuals to maybe wait for further supplies," said Lynn Flinders, UCHD Community Health director. Flinders said the target groups are outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as being the most susceptible to serious illness from the virus, and include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Household contact of those 6 months or younger
  • Children age 6 months to 24 years
  • Those under the age of 64 with chronic medical conditions
  • Health care workers with direct patient contact

    "It isn't that we don't want everyone vaccinated," said Flinders. "We are just most concerned with those individuals that has shown to be most susceptible to the disease."

    Individuals that have recently received a live vaccine (such as the nasal spray influenza vaccination) cannot receive the H1N1 nasal spray vaccination. These individuals are encouraged to wait 30 days or until injectable vaccine is available.

    For those who aren't able to get the vaccine, the UCHD suggests the following preventive measures:

    • Wash hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
    • Avoid those who are sick -- if you are sick, stay home until 24 hours after fever has gone away without fever-reducing medicine
    • Cough into an elbow or sleeve
    • Get plenty of rest and eat properly

      It is anticipated that more vaccine both H1N1 Flu Mist and injectable will arrive on a weekly basis. As more is made available, local health departments will work closely with other healthcare partners to provide the vaccine throughout the community.

      At this time, the UCHD is also experiencing a delay in supply of seasonal influenza vaccine. "The manufacturers have had a delay in getting shots out," said Madigan. "Between that and increased demand, we have run out of vaccine. We hope to have more in in the coming weeks, but don't have a specific arrival date at this time." Madigan again encouraged individuals to check with UCHD web site or call 851-2222. "You can also sign up for Twitter updates, follow us on FaceBook, or check with 2-1-1."

      The Utah County Health Department seeks to promote health, and prevent avoidable disease and injury by monitoring the health of our community, and assuring conditions in which people can be healthy. For details about UCHD programs or services, please visit www.UtahCountyHealth.org or call 801-851-7000. Or you can follow the UCHD at Twitter or be a fan on FaceBook.