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Free H1N1 Vaccination Clinic in Lexington

The Texas Department of Health announced last week that it will host an H1N1 Vaccination Clinic in Lexington this Friday, December 18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., free of charge. The Vaccination Clinic will be held at the Lexington Park Building, located at 9035 N. Highway 77.

There are specific priority groups who will receive the inoculation, including pregnant women; people 6 months to 24 years of age; people 25 to 65 years of age with high-risk health conditions such as those with respiratory conditions, diabetes, chronic heart disease and obesity; health care workers providing direct patient care and household contacts and caregivers for infants six months and younger.

Texas Department of State Health Services representatives will administer the vaccine.

According to the Texas Department of Health, Texas has been allocated about 6.7 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine by the Centers for Disease Control. Unfortunately, there continues to be a short supply of H1N1 vaccine, and providers are making their own restrictions about who gets the shots.

Texasflu.org continues to list the following statement on their website:

“Due to manufacturing delays, H1N1 vaccine continues to arrive in lower-than-projected quantities. In Texas, the limited supply is being sent to private and public health care providers who serve vaccine priority groups or subsets of those groups. Please note that all such providers may not have the vaccine yet.”

As the vaccine supply increases, it will be directed to more priority groups and later to the general population. If you are in a priority group, you can take advantage of the free clinic in Lexington this Friday.

The Texas Department of Health continues to recommend that people get a flu shot. Flu vaccinations are the best way to protect yourself and others from flu. Get a seasonal flu vaccination and an H1N1 flu vaccination when it’s available. They also recommend that everyone stop the spread of the virus by washing hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes and stay home if you have the virus.

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