Flu shots: Mass clinic today at John Sevier

The next mass H1N1 clinic will be held in partnership with the Maryville City Schools at John Sevier Elementary School from 5 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 10. The Blount County Health Department will offer H1N1 flu vaccine at the school which is located at 2001 Sequoyah Avenue, Maryville.

No appointment is necessary to receive the vaccine. The H1N1 flu vaccine will be provided at no charge. Both the H1N1 nasal spray and injectable vaccine will be offered.

For those children nine years old or less who received their first dose on or before Nov. 13, they may receive their second during this clinic.

The type of H1N1 flu vaccine being distributed will be the Flu Mist ® and the flu shot or injectable type. Recommendations for which vaccine individuals receive are:

The Flu Mist or LAIV -- approved for people from 2 through 49 years of age who are not pregnant and do not have certain health conditions.

The injectable H1N1 -- offered to all eligible residents which does include pregnant women.

During October and November when the H1N1 vaccine supply was limited, priority was placed on administering the vaccine to those in high risk categories.

The Blount County Health Department will continue to hold H1N1 clinics in the weeks to come. Additional information about upcoming clinics and vaccine availability are on the Tennessee Department of Health Web site at http://health.state.tn.us/H1N1.htm

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