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Dr. Greg Stern, a Whatcom County Health Officer, expanded eligibility for the H1N1 vaccine yesterday to include everyone over the age of 6 months. If you have not received an H1N1 vaccine and would like one, please feel free to stop by the retail pharmacy Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm to receive yours. Vaccines will be available on a walk-in basis for $25/dose. Billing to Group Health, Medicare and Medicaid is available.
We currently have seasonal flu vaccines available for ages 6 months and older. Cost is $25/dose and we are able to bill to Group Health, Medicare, and Medicaid. The vaccinations are available at the retail pharmacy Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm to walk-in customers only.
In case you missed our last post, we also have H1N1 vaccines available, again for ages 6 months and older. Cost is also $25/dose and billing to Group Health, Medicare, and Medicaid (for adults) is also available at the retail pharmacy Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm to walk-in customers only.
We are following the screening and recommendations from the Department of Health on which the priority groups can get the H1N1 vaccine.
The vaccines will be available Mon-Fri 9am-5pm for $25/dose on a walk-in basis only at the retail store. They are for ages 6 months and older and billing for Group Health, Medicare, and Medicaid (for adults only) is available. If you’re interesting in receiving a vaccination come on by!
We have 75 doses of the seasonal flu vaccine (with preservatives) for ages 4 years through adults available. If you haven’t gotten one yet this year, come on by the retail store between 9am-5pm Monday-Friday or 9am-4pm on Saturday.
We also have preservative-free pediatric vaccines for ages 6 months to 36 months. If this is your child’s first vaccine they will need two doses about a month apart, so let us know!
Still no word on when we will receive the H1N1 vaccine. According to an article I read in Time Magazine the government has backed off the original estimate of 120 million doses by mid-October. They have shipped out some (11 million) and are hoping to ship out another 50 million by mid-November and 150 million in mid-December. The flu virus in grown in chicken eggs and can be somewhat unreliable to culture causing delays in production. In the meantime, remember to wash your hands often, cover your coughs, stay home if you’re not feeling well, and avoid touching your eyes!
Now you know as much as I do about the current availability!
What we have:
We are down to 4 doses of FluMist, so if you’re interested in getting one, let us know!
What we’re still waiting for:
The large shipment of seasonal vaccines we are expecting is Fluzone brand – it is for ages 3 years and up and contains Thimerasol (which is a mercury perservative). We will also be getting 50 doses of preservative free vaccines for ages 18 years and up.
Unfortunately, we are still waiting for the pediatric vaccines as well as the novel H1N1 vaccines for high risk groups. We’ll keep you updated as to when those are in.
Calling all paramedics.
If you are a paramedic, we do have some novel H1N1 FluMist available. I repeat, this is for paramedics only, so if you’re not a paramedic, please do not inquire about the H1N1 until we tell you we have it available. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter.
Check back for further updates.