Public Health offers H1N1 vaccine for high-risk groups

2:50 p.m., Nov. 13, 2009----The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) has a limited supply of H1N1 vaccine at its site clinics throughout the state that is being offered to specific groups with high risk of complications from 2009 H1N1 infection.

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The high risk groups are
--pregnant women,
--people who live or care for children younger than 6 months of age,
--children 6 months to 4 years of age and
--persons 5 to 64 years of age who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza complications.

UD students in these high-risk groups are being contacted by Student Health Services and H1N1 vaccinations are being given. Vaccine supplies remained limited, and as more supplies become available, additional appointments for students in the designated groups will be scheduled.

Public Health urges Delawareans to receive H1N1 vaccine from their regular medical provider when it is available. Since high-risk patients may not have access to vaccination through their regular care giver, providers may refer their highest risk patients to DPH clinics.

DPH clinics are open by appointment at the following locations, and vaccinations will be available only to the priority populations described above:

--New Castle County: Hudson Service Center for ages 6 months and above, call (302) 255-4555, or Northeast State Service Center, for ages 8 years and above, call (302) 552-3600;

--Kent County: James Williams State Service Center, for ages 6 months and above, call (302) 857-5130; and

--Sussex County: Georgetown State Service Center, for ages 6 months and above, call (302) 856-5213.

For more information, call the DPH H1N1 Hotline at 1-866-408-1899, or visit the DPH H1N1 Web site .

For H1N1 information at UD, visit the H1N1 411 Web page.