H1N1 Vaccinations are now available

Posted: Tuesday, December 08, 2009

With the arrival of the long awaited H1N1 vaccine, the Central Peninsula H1N1 Task Force recently held five community mass-dispensing clinics. The task force has conducted the clinics for the H1N1 vaccine at central peninsula elementary schools, including three clinics at Soldotna, and Kenai Middle and Soldotna high schools. Clinics were also held at the Kenai National Guard Armory on Forest Drive. The task force is a group of local agencies formed to plan clinics to vaccinate as many students, public, private, home school, and pre-school aged individuals in the central area as possible against the H1N1 influenza (swine flu) because of their risk of spreading the virus.

"We had our plans all in place, and it was just a matter of getting the vaccine. We've had a great volunteer response from the community, and seamless clinics with very short waiting periods. That's the beauty of planning," said Regina Theisen, Incident commander for the Central Peninsula H1N1 task force. Theisen continues to recommend people to get the shot while supplies are available, "The illness is still circulating, and we are recommending that people get vaccinated if you haven't been ill or even if you have been ill, unless you are certain that the H1N1 virus was the illness you had," said Theisen. Shots are available at some local health provider's offices and Theisen recommends you call your provider to see if they have the vaccine available. Shots are available at Kenai Public Health and are being administered at the regular shot clinics Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursday afternoon clinics at the Cottonwood Center in Soldotna. For more information about volunteer opportunities call Bubba at 690-3131. For more information about Novel H1N1 virus, visit the borough Web site at http://www.borough.kenai.ak.us/emergency/ the borough's school district site at http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/default.aspx, the state Web site at www.pandemicflu.alaska.gov or call 714-2428 for local updates or the state of Alaska pan flu hot line at 1-888-9panflu.

According to Greg Wilkinson, with the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services an e-mail being circulated supposedly from the "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," advising all recipients over the age of 18 to create a personal H1N1 vaccination profile on a cdc.gov site whether you have been vaccinated or not, is spam and should be deleted.

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