Newsom announces H1N1 flu vaccine plan

October 26, 2009 2:34:56 PM PDT
Mayor Gavin Newsom announced Monday the arrival of the first major shipment of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine in San Francisco.

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About 28,000 doses were delivered to the San Francisco Department of Public Health. High-risk patients who get health care at public health clinics were expected to begin getting those vaccines today.

The mayor's office says a large portion of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine will be distributed to nine sites throughout the city and a series of vaccination clinics will be held for high-risk individuals "who do not have a primary care provider or whose primary care provider does not have the vaccine."

"This is a public health issue with a big city-wide effort behind it," said Mayor Newsom. "We are working diligently to ramp up for a series of vaccination clinics beginning on Thursday, October 29 and continuing for up to six days if necessary."

The list of high-risk individuals who need the vaccine most includes: pregnant women, people from 6-months-old to 24-years-old, people who live with or care for infants less than 6-months-old, and health care and emergency responders.

That list has been expanded to include adults ages 25-64 with medical conditions that put them at risk for complications from influenza (heart, lung, kidney disease, asthma, diabetes, weakened immune system).

City health officials say before going to one of the vaccine clinics, "Anyone with a primary care physician should call his or her own doctor to determine the availability of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine."

The mayor's office says volunteers are needed at the various vaccination clinics. A "one-stop volunteer shop" is scheduled to open on Tuesday, Oct 27 at One South Van Ness Avenue, from noon to 8 p.m.

The vaccine is free of charge at vaccine sites.

More Information: Free H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine clinics in SF

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