Middlesex County Announces Regional H1N1 Vaccination Clinic

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD—The Middlesex County Public Health Department will administer 5,000 H1N1 vaccinations to individuals within specified target groups from 2 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 7, 2010 at the South Plainfield PAL Building, 1250 Maple Avenue.

Nasal and injectable vaccine will be available for individuals within the target groups set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.

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Specific target groups include:
• Pregnant women
• Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age
• Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
• All people from 6 months through 24 years of age
• Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to visit the web site http://www.co.middlesex.nj.us/publichealth/flu-clinics.asp to download, print and fill out the required consent form prior to attending. Filling out forms in advance will reduce waiting times.

Middlesex County Freeholder Ronald G. Rios, chair of the county’s Public Health and Education Committee, said: “The Middlesex County Public Health Department is committed to meeting the health needs of our residents and are happy to be able to offer this opportunity. We encourage residents from any of our 25 municipalities to come to this regional clinic.”

David A. Papi, director of the Middlesex County Public Health Department said, “This regional clinic provides our department the opportunity to offer H1N1 vaccine to a larger portion of the population. Our main focus has been to provide vaccine to school age individuals, but now we can begin to vaccinate additional persons within the specified target groups.”

Papi continued, “Besides vaccination, you can also prevent the spread of influenza by:

• Washing your hands throughout the day.  If soap and water are not available you can use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

• Covering your coughs and sneezes by using a tissue and then throwing the used tissue away safely in the garbage.  Then after you throw the tissue away wash your hands.  If you do not have a tissue then you can cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm.

• Staying home if you are sick.  If you become sick stay home from work or school for at least 24 hours after fever is gone.  Fever should be gone without the use of fever reducing medication”.

Michael Zushma, South Plainfield Office of Emergency Management Coordinator, said, “Our municipality is proud to host this regional clinic with the Middlesex County Public Health Department in order to provide South Plainfield and county residents with health services for the protection of the community.”

Residents with 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 Sunday at 1-866-321-9571.


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