H1N1 vaccine offered in Northern Kentucky today

Posted by Carl Bohart - email

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY (FOX19) - The Northern Kentucky Health Department will offer its first H1N1 vaccine clinic today.

The vaccine will be offered to those at the highest risk for swine flu, which includes pregnant women, healthcare workers, college students and caretakers of young children.  The clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bank of Kentucky Center on the campus of Northern Kentucky University.

No parking on NKU will be available for this clinic. Shuttle buses will run from Furniture Fair at 3710 Alexandria Pike and First Baptist Church of Cold Spring at 4410 Alexandria Pike.

"The task of vaccinating those Northern Kentucky residents at highest risk from complications from swine flu is enormous and beyond the scope of any that we've faced before," said Dr. Steven R. Katkowsky, District Director of Health. "The large public clinic is a venue that will allow us to vaccinate the most people in the shortest amount of time given the resources that we have. However, we do anticipate that the demand for the vaccine may be great and ask that the public be patient through this process."

Other clinics will be held Saturday, Nov. 14 at Walton-Verona High School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Summit View Middle School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The target audience for these clinics is pregnant women, caregivers of young children, parents with children aged 6 months to 4 years and parents with children at highest risk of flu complications.

Health officials say about 8,000 vaccines will be available at each clinic on a first come-first serve basis.

Katkowsky said the Health Department will begin vaccination school children in the coming weeks.

Northern Kentucky has had three swine-flu related deaths - two women from Kenton County and a man from Boone County.

For more information, visit www.nkyhealth.org or call 859-392-0678.

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