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Cincinnati offering H1N1 vaccine to pregnant women

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Health Department will begin offering the H1N1 vaccine to pregnant women beginning Thursday, Oct. 22.

The vaccines will be given by appointment only from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 3101 Burnet Ave.

Due to limited supply, this clinic will only offer the injectable H1N1 vaccine to pregnant women-a high priority risk group as determined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  There is no charge for the immunization.

When the vaccine is in adequate supply the CHD will offer the general public vaccine in the evening at the Cincinnati Health Department's five Community Health Centers. Details about the dates and times will be released when adequate vaccine supply is attained. The CHD is continuing vaccine planning efforts so H1N1 vaccine can be distributed as quickly as possible as it arrives from the state and federal governments. 

Besides pregnant women, priority groups also include those 6 months through 24 years of age; persons living with or caring for infants less than 6 months old and individuals age 25 through 64 years with certain chronic diseases like asthma or other chronic respiratory conditions, heart disease and diabetes or immune disorders that place them at higher risk for hospitalization complications from infection with the new pandemic influenza virus.  Health care workers including emergency medical services personnel are also considered high priority.

"Since vaccine is not yet been delivered to obstetricians and other health care providers in Cincinnati, we wanted to direct our limited supply of injectable vaccine to pregnant women as soon as possible as they are at significantly greater risk of severe illness from H1N1 infections," said Noble Maseru, PhD, MPH, Cincinnati Health Commissioner.

To register for this special clinic, pregnant women are urged call Cincinnati's H1N1 Information and Vaccination Hotline at 513-357-7499 and press option "five" where they will be asked to leave their name and phone number.  CHD staff will call them back to schedule an appointment.  Only 200 doses of vaccine are currently available for this clinic and those interested in participating should to call ahead. 

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