H1N1 Vaccine Information
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
will begin to ship the
H1N1 vaccines to the Cumberland County Public Health Department and other medical providers around mid-October.
The first available H1N1 vaccines will be administered to the highest priority groups of people who are the most vulnerable to the H1N1 virus:
- Pregnant women;
- Children from 6 months to young adults 24 years of age;
- Caregivers and household members of infants less than 6 months of age;
- Adults from 25 years to 64 years of age with underlying chronic illnesses (asthma, diabetes, chronic lungs, liver, heart or kidney diseases, or blood, neurologic/neuromuscular or metabolic disorders) or who are immuno-depressed by medications, by cancer or by HIV infection;
- Health care workers and emergency medical services personnel.
If you have a chronic medical condition, check with your medical provider regarding the H1N1 vaccine.
If you develop flu symptoms such as cough, a fever higher than 100 degrees, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, body aches, and vomiting or diarrhea, it is recommended that you stay home to protect yourself and avoid infecting others. You may return to work or school after 24 hours without fever and without taking fever-reducing medications.
Cape Fear Valley Health System offers a 24-hour Public Message Line at 910-615-4995. Fort Bragg’s hotline is 910-907-7358 (SFLU).
For more information, visit www.flu.gov.
Vaccine Clinic Schedules
The Public Health Department is offering the H1N1 vaccine in its Immunization Clinic Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. On Fridays, walk-ins will be seen from 8 a.m. until noon; appointments are needed from 1 to 4 p.m.
There is an administrative fee of $18 that will be charged to insurance carriers or any third-party payers.
For more information, call the Immunization Clinic at 433-3657.