The Clay County Health Department will offer H1N1 influenza vaccination clinics in Clay Community Schools for school-aged children beginning Monday.
Packets of information have been sent home with students courtesy of the health department. Times that were supplied in the information are tentative and subject to change.
The first doses of H1N1 vaccine available in the community will be available to students within the school corporation, according to health department officials.
As of Friday, Clay County Health Officer Dr. S. Rahim Farid told The Brazil Times there have been no confirmed reports of H1N1 in Clay County.
"We don't have any report from the state in any form or in any shape," Farid said.
Both inactive H1N1 injectable vaccine and live, attenuated H1N1 intranasal mist vaccines will be used. Quantities are currently limited.
Upon completion of school clinics, St. Vincent Clay Hospital and Clay County Health Department will provide additional clinics for the rest of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) target groups as vaccine quantities permit.
The health department continues to receive weekly shipments of H1N1 vaccine and scheduling clinics will be based on quantity of vaccines received from the Indiana State Department of Health.
CDC target groups include:
* Pregnant women,
*People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age,
* Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel,
* Persons between the ages of 6 months and 24-years-old, and
* People 25-64 who are at higher risk for 2009 H1N1 because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems.
For more information, log on to www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu or call the Clay County Health Department at 448-9019.