City to Administer H1N1 Vaccine

POSTED: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 8:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:25pm

El Paso - - - El Paso public health clinics will begin administering the Swine Flu vaccine Wednesday.

This public health clinic on South Mesa is one of four clinics that will start offering the Swine Flu vaccine. But don't roll up your sleeves just yet.

The health department says it ordered 27,000 doses of the vaccine but so far, it has only received 13,000. So the city wants to make sure the first Swine Flu vaccinations are going to high risk groups first.

Those considered high risk include pregnant women, people who live with or care for infants younger than six months old, health care workers, children and young adults aged six months to 24 years, and people aged 25 to 64 2 who have medical conditions that put them at high risk for complications.

The public health department director admits that if you do not fit those categories, it will not turn you away...

"I don't think we're going to be policing it we might give them a scowl or something. We're not going to turn people away. We're just requesting let those people in the high priority groups get through first if you can."

The public health clinics offering the Swine Flu vaccine include the Henderson Health Center at 721 S. Mesa, Westside Health Center at 5195 Mace, The Northeast Health Center at 5587 Transmountain and the Ysleta Health Center at 110 Candelaria. The Henderson and Westside Clinics will be open Wednesday–Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Northeast and Ysleta Clinics will be open Tuesday-Friday, also from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The health department decision to begin vaccinations follows an El Paso Swine Flu death reported yesterday and President Obama's declaration of a Swine Flu national emergency this past weekend.

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