MIDDLESEX COUNTY—The Middlesex County Public Health Department has received a limited supply of 2009 H1N1 Influenza live attenuated vaccine (nasal spray). The department is scheduled to begin H1N1 vaccination clinics using the nasal spray on Friday, Oct. 16, for healthy residents ages 2 through 18.
The H1N1 nasal spray vaccine is only recommended for healthy people between the ages of 2 and 49 who are not pregnant. However, due to limited availability at this time, the department is targeting healthy residents ages 2 through 18.
David A. Papi, director of the Middlesex County Public Health Department said, “According to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services there will ultimately be enough H1N1 vaccine for everyone who wants to get vaccinated. It is highly encouraged that target groups receive a H1N1 vaccine, but it is not mandatory.”
Middlesex County Freeholder Ronald G. Rios, chair of the Public Health and Education Committee, said, “The county will strive to ensure that any Middlesex County resident who wants to receive the H1N1 vaccine will receive it, whether it’s through the nasal spray or injection. We will make every effort to order enough vaccine to meet our residents’ demands.”
Clinics will be held by appointment only from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at the Middlesex County Public Health Clinic for residents aged 2 through 18. The clinic is located at 596 Jersey Ave., Suite B, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901. Residents can call 1-732-565-3788 and press 0 to schedule an appointment.
Visit the Middlesex County Public Health Department Web site at http://co.middlesex.nj.us/publichealth/flu-clinics.asp for H1N1 vaccination clinic dates, times and locations.
Public transportation to the clinic is available through Middlesex County Area Transit (MCAT), which offers fixed-route shuttle service via its BrunsQuik Jersey Avenue Shuttle. Riders may connect to the Jersey Avenue Shuttle from other county-run shuttles and NJ Transit buses and trains. Residents who use the shuttle must tell the driver to stop at 596 Jersey Ave.
Call 1-800-221-3520 for schedules and other information. Suggested fare is $1 or 50 cents for senior citizens and residents with disabilities.
Papi continued, “You can also prevent the spread of influenza by washing your hands throughout the day, covering your coughs and sneezes, and staying home if you are sick.”
Residents who have general questions about H1N1 or the vaccine can call the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services’ toll-free public information hotline from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 1-866-321-9571.
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