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Sunday, October 25, 2009

H1N1 Vaccine Is Here!

The Jackson County Health Department Announces H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Availability

The Jackson County Health Department will begin administering the H1N1 Swine Flu vaccine on October 19th at the main facility at 3045 4th St. in Marianna. There is no charge for the vaccine. Private physicians may charge administrative fee that may be billed to Medicare, Medicaid or Private Insurances. However, there will be no “out of pocket” expense to anyone wishing to receive a vaccination.

Jackson County Health Department Nursing Director Julie McKinney states, “The initial doses of vaccine received include the FluMist form of the vaccine. This form of vaccine is not recommended for pregnant women or persons less than two years of age or older than 50 years of age. The focus for administration of the FluMist has been set for our local Daycare providers/children and Healthcare providers.” McKinney also states, “Within the next few weeks the injectable form of the H1N1 vaccine, which can be given to persons above 7 months and to pregnant women, is expected to arrive. The vaccine will be administered at each school site in Jackson County for students with parental permission only. Additionally, some local physicians have vaccine available.

Please call (850) 526-2412

for an appointment.

Flu Prevention Approaches

The Jackson County Health Department encourages citizens to follow prevention techniques.

Fighting H1N1 swine flu is a three-step approach: 1) get a vaccination, 2) practice everyday prevention (including frequent hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home when sick), and 3) use antiviral drugs correctly if your health professional recommends them. For more information visit: or

The Florida Flu Information Line (1-877-352-3581) is an automated help line that can answer general questions about H1N1 and is available in English, Spanish and Creole. Callers also have the option to speak with an operator, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

As a reminder, the H1N1 flu vaccination is voluntary.

The target populations for H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine include:

• Pregnant Women

• Caregivers of persons who live with infants less than six months old (parents, siblings and daycare providers).

• Emergency Medical Service personnel

• Healthcare Providers

• Persons age 6 months through 24 years

• Persons aged 25-64 years who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza related complications.

If you have any questions, please contact the Jackson County Health Department at 526-2412 or visit our web site at

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