Spray vaccine clinic Nov. 5

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First come, first served 5-8 p.m. at Trimble County Health Department

By Phyllis McLaughlin

The Trimble Banner

If you’re anxious to get the H1N1 vaccination, tomorrow may be the day you’ve been waiting for – if you fall into the right target groups.

The Trimble County Health Department will host a vaccination clinic from 5-8 p.m. tomorrow, Nov. 5, using the intranasal (nasal spray) H1N1 vaccine.

The vaccine will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

However, the intranasal vaccine is not recommended for anyone younger than 2 or age 50 and older. It also is not recommended for pregnant women or anyone within the 2-49 age group with underlying, chronic health conditions.

Vinay Chiguluri, an epidemiologist with the North Central Kentucky Health District, said the intra-nasal vaccine actually is an attenuated, or diluted, form of a live influenza virus. Therefore, those inoculated with the nasal spray may experience a mild form of the virus itself.

“You may not get all the symptoms, like fever, but you’ll feel yucky,” Chiguluri said.

He said anyone who requires the injectable vaccine shouldn’t have to wait too long for it. He expects the health district will be receiving shipments of the injectable vaccine either weekly or every other week. So far, priority has been given to health-care workers and child-care providers.

But Chiguluri expects the district will begin receiving enough of the vaccine to provide clinics to the general public soon. The Trimble Health Department could be hosting an injectable vaccination clinic within the next week or two, he said.

For information on upcoming clinics, watch The Trimble Banner and www.mytrimblenews.com for updates.

In the meantime, for more information about seasonal flu or H1N1, also known as swine flu, visit Flu.gov, www.cdc.gov/swineflu or Healthalerts.ky.gov.