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H1N1 flu clinic scheduled Thursday in Hagerstown

November 16, 2009

The Washington County Health Department will hold an H1N1 flu vaccination clinic for all target groups recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

The vaccinations will be given by appointment Thursday at the health department's main building at 1302 Pennsylvania Ave. in Hagerstown.

Health department spokesman Rod McRae said Monday that 270 doses of the vaccine will be available.

Those wanting to schedule appointments may call 240-313-3456 on Tuesday, beginning at 8 a.m., according to a release from the health hepartment.

There is no charge for the vaccination.

The release lists the target groups as:

o pregnant women

o people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age

o health care and emergency medical services personnel

o people between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old

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o people between the ages of 25 and 64 years old who are at higher risk for 2009 H1N1, also known as swine flu, because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems

This clinic is for distribution of H1N1 flu vaccine, which will not provide protection from the seasonal flu, according to the release.

Those seeking up-to-date information about clinic schedules may check www.washhealth.org or call the health department's flu hotline at 240-313-3456 daily for the most current information.

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