H1N1 Flu Vaccine available at LB Health Department by appointment starting Dec. 10

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h1n1-flu-vaccine-clinicH1N1 vaccinations will still be limited to priority groups

The City of Long Beach Health Department will now offer free H1N1 flu vaccine (still only to priority groups) on an appointment basis, with clinics starting on December 10. Appointments to get a flu shot may be scheduled by daily by calling 562.570.4103 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to noon, and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., starting on Tuesday, December 8.

Appointment slots for the flu vaccine will vary from week to week. Flu shot appointments will be opened up on a weekly basis, and is dependent on availability of the vaccine.  The H1N1 vaccine will continue to be provided free of charge at this time. The vaccinations are provided for by a federal grant funding in support of this effort.

Due to an ongoing national vaccine shortage, the H1N1 flu vaccine will continue to be provided only if persons are in one of the following categories:

  • All individuals between the age of 6 months and 24 years of age
  • Caretakers and household members of infants under 6 months of age
  • Health care workers with direct patient care
  • Pregnant women
  • Adults from 25 to 64 year of age with a high risk medical condition (such as lung disease, diabetes, etc).

Note that individuals 65 years of age or older are not eligible to receive the H1N1 flu vaccine at this time. Once the vaccine manufacturers are able to provide ample H1N1 flu vaccine supplies, the profile of individuals who may be able to receive the vaccine will be expanded.

More information is available on the Health Department’s website at www.longbeach.gov/health, or the 24-hour Public Health Information line at 562.570.4499.

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