GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, Wash. - Public Health and Social Services Department announced today that H1N1 vaccine will soon be available to Grays Harbor County residents. Vaccine shipments began across the country last week. The Health Department is working with local schools, hospitals, and health care providers to make sure that the vaccine is delivered as quickly as possible to the people at highest risk of severe disease.
“We’re getting vaccine to the highest risk groups first,” says Dr. John Bausher, the county’s health officer. “But we expect that by Thanksgiving there will be plenty of vaccine available throughout the county and that anyone who wants a dose will be able to get it.
Starting the last week in October, the Health Department will be in schools providing vaccine to students. Every school in the county will have a clinic in the following four weeks. Information about the clinics will be sent home with students from school. Vaccination is voluntary and written parental consent is required.
In addition, over 30 local health care providers will be receiving a supply of the vaccine to give to their patients. As the local vaccine supply increases in the next few weeks, the opportunities to get a dose will increase throughout the county.
The health department is planning additional public clinics and dates will be announced as soon as health officials are sure that adequate vaccine supplies are on hand. “We know we’re getting plenty of doses, but we’re not absolutely sure of the timing,” says Bausher. “We will be out there with it as soon as we’re sure we’ve got what we need. Other community vaccinators, such as pharmacies and special clinics held in grocery stores, will also be offering H1N1 vaccine in the weeks to come.
The Health Department has a flu vaccine information line that is updated weekly -532-8631 ext. 405. It includes times and places for flu vaccine for both the seasonal flu and H1N1 (swine) flu. Information and vaccination schedules are also posted on the web at www.HealthyGH.org. The Website offers a great amount of information in English and Spanish and addresses most common questions about the flu and local response activities.
Grays Harbor County Public Health and Social Services Department
2109 SUMNER AVENUE, ABERDEEN, WA 98520
PHONE: (360) 532-8631 FAX: (360) 533-6272
TDD: (360) 532-8657 FAX: (360) 533-1983