H1n1 Vaccine Available For Targeted Groups Dec. 11 At Jre

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People in targeted groups can receive an H1N1 vaccination from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11 at the Julia Randall Elementary School’s gymnasium.

The Gila County Health Department is holding the community vaccination clinic.

However, because of the nationwide vaccine shortage, not everybody is eligible for the shot. Targeted populations include pregnant women, medical personnel, people aged 6 months to 24 years, people living with a baby less than 6 months old, and people aged from 25 to 64 who have health conditions associated with a higher risk of medical complications from the flu.

In Gila County, 43 people had tested positive for the swine flu as of Nov. 14.

Statewide, roughly 7,500 people have tested positive since April, when the virus emerged.

Health officials say people shed the virus after seven days once symptoms begin.

For more information, call the flu hotline at 1-800-304-4452, ext. 8111.

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