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Mass H1N1 Vaccination Clinic Open Saturday

The Fairfax County Health Department will operate a mass vaccination clinic open to Fairfax County and City of Falls Church residents on Saturday, November 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center at 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax.

The vaccine is voluntary and will be offered on a walk-in basis, free of charge. Seasonal flu vaccine will not be available at this clinic.

 

Parents seeking a second dose of H1N1 vaccine for their children (who are under 10 years of age and received a first dose of H1N1 vaccine at least 28 days ago) may choose to receive vaccine through:  (A) this mass vaccination clinic; (B) one of the Health Department’s five District Offices starting November 23; or (C) their doctor’s office if it has H1N1 vaccine.  Parents must bring the “Influenza Vaccination Record” card that they received when the first dose was administered to the vaccination site.

The Health Department has the capacity to vaccinate a maximum of 12,000 people on November 21.  To help reduce crowds and keep the line moving, Saturday’s clinic will target only children who need a second dose and those listed in the following CDC priority groups who have not yet received their first dose of H1N1 vaccine:

Pregnant women

People who live with or provide care for infants younger than 6 months (parents, siblings and day care providers)Health care workers who have direct patient contact

People 6 months through 24 years of agePeople 25 through 64 years of age who have certain medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications:

Asthma

Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions (including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle (such as cerebral palsy), epilepsy (seizure disorders), stroke, intellectual disability (mental retardation), moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury.)

Chronic lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis)

Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease)

Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease)Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes mellitus)

Kidney disordersLiver disordersMetabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders)

Weakened immune system due to disease or medication (such as people with HIV or AIDS, cancer, or those on chronic steroids)

People younger than 19 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy

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