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Restrictions on H1N1 vaccine eased

By Joel Hall

jhall@news-daily.com

The Clayton County Board of Health, and the Health Services Department of Clayton State University, are offering the H1N1 flu vaccine this week to the general public. Both agencies are reporting ample supplies of the injectable form of the vaccine, and are offering the shots to anyone over the age of six months.

Previously, the shots provided at the Board of Health were limited to pregnant women, health-care workers, paramedics, people caring for or living with young infants, people between the ages of six months and 24 years, and people between the ages of 25 and 64 with underlying medical conditions.

The Board of Health reported Tuesday that the organization recently received 18,000 doses of the vaccine and will offer the shots to the public with relaxed restrictions on priority groups.

According to Board of Health Public Information Officer Veronda Griffin, the agency also has 2,000 doses of the H1N1 nasal-spray vaccine available. The nasal spray is not recommended for children younger than two years of age, or children with weakened immune systems, asthma, or a sensitivity to eggs, gelatin, or arginine, a type of amino acid.

The seasonal flu vaccine is currently not available at the Clayton County Board of Health, according to Griffin.

Until Friday, the Health Services Department of Clayton State University will offer the H1N1 vaccine to the general public for a fee of $5. Seasonal flu shots will also be administered for a fee of $15.

The both vaccines will be administered at University Health Services, located in room 211 of the Clayton State University Student Center, according to school officials.

Today and Thursday, people can receive the vaccines between the hours of 10 a.m., and 12 p.m., and between 2 and 4 p.m. On Friday, residents can receive the vaccines from 10 a.m., to 12 p.m. Other times can be scheduled by appointment, according to school officials.

For more information, call the Clayton County Board of Health at (678) 610-7199 or the Clayton State University Health Services Department at (678) 466-4940.