Officials asking only children age 6 months to years old and pregnant women seek vaccination
OUTDATED AS OF OCTOBER 15TH, Please see www.UtahCountyHealth.org for updated information.
The Utah County Health Department (UCHD) used the last of their H1N1 nasal vaccine on Monday afternoon, and are once again asking individuals to only seek vaccinations for children ages 6 month to 2 years of age and pregnant women.
"The injectable vaccine we have now is the only product we can use for the youngest children," said Lance Madigan, UCHD. public information officer. "We are trying to reserve that for the youngest kids and pregnant mothers. We expect we will get more vaccine in the end of the week or the first of next week." The UCHD has also run out of seasonal influenza vaccine.
Vaccination Clinics are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Utah County Health and Justice Building (151 S. University Ave, Provo) while supplies last. The vaccine is free, but UCHD may bill insurances for administration fees. People are being asked to bring their insurance cards with them.
"We appreciate the publics patience through this process," said Madigan. "We know there has been some long lines, as well as confusion of who can get the vaccine. The public has been really patient in working with us, however. We will get plenty of vaccine eventually, the process is just a little slow."
Until more vaccine arrives, UCHD suggests the following preventive measures to help protect you and your family:
- 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.
Updates on vaccine availability will be posted to the UCHD web site (www.UtahCountyHealth.org), the UCHD Health Information Line at 801-851-2222, and given to 2-1-1 .