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Free H1N1 vaccinations available Thursday from Barton Health

Staff reports

Free H1N1 vaccinations available will be available Thursday at Bijou Community School and Feb. 3 at South Tahoe Middle School. The clinics are courtesy of Barton Health in partnership with the Lake Tahoe Unified School District, the El Dorado Public Health Department and the Hallador Legacy Fund.

Thursday’s clinic at Bijou School is from 4 to 6:30 p.m., while the Feb. 3 clinic at the middle school is from 3 to 6 p.m.

These two vaccine clinics are open to everyone age 6 months and older who wishes to receive the H1N1 vaccination. The clinic is also a convenient time for children age 9 and younger to receive a second dose of the vaccine.

“During the holidays, we saw a decrease in the number of H1N1 flu cases,” said Roberta Stillwell, RN, Barton’s patient safety officer. “However, officials are expecting the number of cases to spike again before spring and we want to make sure we vaccinate as many people as possible.

“Plus, the risks of being vaccinated far outweigh the risks of not being vaccinated and then catching the H1N1 virus,” she added.

The H1N1 swine flu virus is most dangerous to children, teens, those who have chronic health conditions and pregnant women.

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Hospital officials say Barton Health has not received any of the recalled vaccine doses.

For more information on H1N1 swine flu, visit http://www.flu.gov or check with your physician.

For details on Barton’s H1N1 vaccine clinics, call (530) 543-5615 or visit http://www.bartonhealth.org/flu.

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