encouraged to get vaccination
County offers public H1N1 clinics
Wanda English Burnett
Ripley County residents are encouraged
to get the H1N1 vaccine that will be offered in upcoming public
clinics. The first one will be held January 13 from 4-8 p.m. at
the South Ripley Elementary School. Additional clinics are in
the process of being planned and will be announced.
Ripley County Health Department Director Pat Thomas noted that
the county has done an outstanding job of getting the priority
list checked off with vaccinations. Now, she urges all residents
to roll up their sleeves and get the vaccine.
Ripley County Health Officer David J. Welsh, M.D., noted, We
now have a substantial supply of vaccine available for our county
residents. We are encouraging everyone to get vaccinated.
If you are not able to make the scheduled clinic you can call
the health department at 689-0506 for an appointment during business
hours. The vaccine is also now available at local pharmacies including
Kroger and Walgreens. Pharmacies can charge a fee of up to $19.59
to administer the 2009 H1N1 vaccine.
Although local officials are promoting the general public get
vaccinated, there are still high risk groups that should definitely
get immunized. They are: pregnant women, children six months to
24 years; people living with or caring for children under six
months of age; individuals 25 to 64 years of age with underlying
chronic conditions or who are immunocompromised; and health care
providers and emergency medical services workers.
It is very important the residents of our county do not
get apathetic about the H1N1 flu, said Dr. Welsh. We
have been presented with a great opportunity to get more of our
residents vaccinated before a possible third wave of this pandemic
Dr. Welsh noted that just because you have influenza-like illness
or were told you had the flu by a doctor, you should still get
the vaccine unless you received confirmation from a laboratory
that you actually had 2009 H1N1 influenza.
As to a vaccine recall that was announced, officials say the recall
was only for a vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline, and none of the
vaccines distributed in Ripley County were made by the manufacturer.