October 26, 2009 in Idaho, News

School vaccinations delayed in N. Idaho

The Spokesman-Review

Production delays of the vaccine that protects against H1N1 flu virus has led to smaller than expected amounts of the vaccine reaching North Idaho.

Delayed vaccine shipments forced the Panhandle Health District to postpone school vaccinations scheduled for this week, a health district news release said. Vaccinations in 15 schools with elementary-age students in the five northern counties will resume Nov. 9 and 10, the release said. Vaccinations of middle- and high- school students were postponed until early December.

Nearly 1,500 people were vaccinated in North Idaho on Saturday. More than 6,000 calls were made to a toll-free appointment line for those 1,500 available vaccinations, the release said. The first round of vaccine went to people who fit into the Centers for Disease Control target groups, including pregnant women, people aged 6 months to 24 years old, people who care for young children, people with chronic health conditions and healthcare workers.

The health district will post vaccination clinics on its Web site as they’re scheduled and publicize them through the media. For information, visit the health district Web site or www.flu.gov or call the toll-free hotline at (866) 528-3501.

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