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2nd Fairfax Co. H1N1 Vaccination Clinic Set for This Saturday

The Fairfax County Health Department has secured enough H1N1 vaccine and will open its second mass vaccination clinic, open to Fairfax Co. and City of Falls Church residents, this Saturday.

The clinic, running November 7 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center at 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax, has the capacity to vaccinate 12,000 people. The vaccine will be available on a walk-in basis, free of charge.

Because of the limited supply of vaccination, the clinic will only target the following groups:

• Children 4 years through 9 years of age

• Children 10 years through 18 years of age who have certain medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications:

  • Cancer
  • Blood disorders (including sickle cell disease)
  • Chronic lung disease [such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)]
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disorders
  • Liver disorders
  • Neurological disorders (such as epilepsy, cerebral palsy, brain or spinal cord injuries, moderate to profound intellectual disability [mental retardation] or developmental delay)
  • Neuromuscular disorders (such as muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis)

Weakened immune systems (such as people with HIV or AIDS or who are on medications that weaken the immune system

For more information on the target groups, see the Center for Disease Control Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/highrisk.htm

For more information regarding vaccination availability and clinics, see www.fairfaxcounty.gov/flu.

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