Health Department receives first doses of H1N1 vaccine - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Health Department receives first doses of H1N1 vaccine

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The Memphis and Shelby County Health Department received its first shipment of the H1N1 vaccine, officials announced Friday.

Officials said the vaccine will be made available free of charge to the following individuals:

  • healthy, non-pregnant people between the ages of 2 and 24 years old
  • people ages 25-49 who live with a child less than six-months-old
  • people ages 25-49 who work in the healthcare field, or who work as emergency response personnel.

The initial shipment received by the Health Department, a quantity of 500 doses, is the FluMist nasal vaccine. Health Department Director Yvonne Madlock said additional supplies, to be administered both nasally and as an injection, are expected to be received regularly.

"We expect that there will eventually be no shortage of the H1N1 vaccine," Madlock said.

In the meantime, the groups that will be given the initial shipments of the vaccine are people considered to be at the highest risk.

"Healthcare workers in particular, because they have the potential to put their patients at risk.  They have greater exposure to people who are ill themselves," Madlock said.

Officials said they aren't expecting any shortages of the vaccine, so there'll be enough to go around for those who need it.

"If we get as many people to receive the vaccine early, before the holiday season, the much better off we'll be," Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton said..

Wharton also emphasized that the vaccine would be offered free of charge.

"Income is no barrier to receiving immunization," he said.

After the announcement, Cassi Zerwekh, the mother of a six-week-old baby girl, was among the first to receive the vaccine.

"It was fairly easy," she said. "It was like a nasal spray. Pretty simple - a lot better than getting a shot!"

The H1N1 vaccine will be available for qualified individuals at the following locations:

  • Immunization Clinic, 814 Jefferson. Clinic Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Phone: 901-544-7711
  • Millington Clinic, 8225 Highway 51. Clinic Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Phone: 901-873-4433
  • Shelby Crossing Clinic, 6170 Macon Road. Clinic Hours: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Phone: 901-372-7581
  • Southland Mall Clinic, 1278 Southland Mall, Shelby Drive/Highway 51. Clinic Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday & on 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2nd and 4th Mondays from 5-6:30 p.m. Phone: 901-346-0081

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