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Gazette Premium Content PIKES PEAK HEALTH: New round of H1N1 flu clinics starts this week

link Updated: December 1, 2009 at 12:00 am

Although supplies of the H1N1 flu vaccine remain lmited in El Paso County, flu clinics are becoming easier to find.

Free shots will be offered through seven clinics as part of The Colorado Springs Interfaith and Health Program. The program is a joint effort by the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment, Penrose-St. Francis Heatlh Services, Memorial Health System, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs’ nursing school, and Westside CARES.

About a thousand doses will be available.

Clinic dates and locations:

  • Thursday, 9-11:30 a.m., Ecumenical Social Ministries, 201 N. Weber, Colorado Springs.
  • Saturday, 3-5 p.m. South East YMCA, Jetwing and Chelton, Colorado Springs.
  • Dec. 7, 1-3 p.m., Tri-Lakes Cares, 235 Jefferson St., Monument.
  • Dec. 10, 1-3 p.m., Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel, 4285 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs.
  • Dec. 11, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Marion House, 14 W. Bijou, Colorado Springs.
  • Dec. 12, 9 a.m.-noon, Woodmen Valley Chapel, 290 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs.
  • Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-noon, Westside CARES, 1930 W. Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs.

The health department will hold a public flu clinic at 10 a.m.  Saturday at The Citadel Mall, and the Visiting Nurses Association, a nonprofit known for its seasonal flu clinics, has added H1N1 vaccinations.

The Ronald McDonald Mobile Medical truck is also taking vaccination clinics to rural parts of the county. Its schedule is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an hour long break at noon. Here are the dates and locations:

-Today, Calhan School, 800 Bulldog Drive, Calhan.

-Dec. 7, Ellicott Elementary School, 399 S. Ellicott Hwy., Ellicott.

-Dec. 14, Edison School, 14550 Edison Road, Yoder.

For a good Web site to find a flu clinic, check out www.immunizecolorado.com.

Be sure to check in advance whether flu-shot providers will vaccinate young children. Pharmacies, for example, generally do not. Children can be vaccinated at all of the listed clinics in this blog.

As a reminder, the vaccine is still limited, so providers are still working under the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s priority list. People eligible include:

-Pregnant women.

-Parents/caretakers for children younger than 6 months.

-All people 6 months through 24 years of age.

-People age 25 through 64 years with chronic health conditions

-Health care workers

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