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Hernando swine flu vaccine clinics start up this week

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County's first swine flu vaccine clinics are set for this week.

The first is from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the county fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. Maxim Health Care will charge a $10 fee for an intranasal dose of the vaccine. Aetna is the only insurance that will be accepted. The intranasal vaccine is licensed for people 2 to 49 years of age and is not recommended for pregnant women or people with long-term health problems.

Priority for the 500 doses at Tuesday's clinic will be given to people 25 to 49 years of age who are caregivers or who live in a household with a child 6 months or younger; health care workers and emergency medical personnel; and people 2 to 24 years. For information, call Amber Peterson at (352) 683-2885 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Hernando County Health Department will offer free injectable vaccinations from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the cafeteria at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., Brooksville.

The 750 vaccinations will be given first-come, first-served. Tickets for vaccinations will be distributed starting at 12:30 p.m. Priority will be given to pregnant women; caregivers and family of infants 6 months and younger; individuals 6 months to 24; people between 25 to 64 with chronic medical conditions; and health care and EMS workers who provide direct patient care. For information, call (352) 540-6855.

Hernando swine flu vaccine clinics start up this week 10/19/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 19, 2009 9:46pm]
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