H1N1 Vaccine available in Dalhart
By Robin Scott
Hearing about the swine flu has become somewhat commonplace; however, the threat is still quite high and people in “high risk” categories are encouraged to take whatever steps necessary and available to avoid contracting the potentially deadly virus, including getting vaccinated.
Until now, the vaccine has not been available but to a small few. The availability has improved to allow all high-risk people and those with other health issues that may be complicated by the swine flu to receive the vaccine.
A free H1N1 vaccination day is scheduled in Dalhart for anyone in the area who is eligible to receive the shot. Those people are encouraged to attend the event. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the following people should plan to receive this free vaccination: pregnant women, infants older than six months and all children and young adults up to age 24 years, any person between the ages of five years and 64 years who has a high risk health condition such as diabetes, and any person who has close contact with any infants under the age of six months.
The daylong event is scheduled for Wednesday, December 16th beginning at 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Rita Blanca Coliseum on FM 281 in Dalhart. The importance of receiving the vaccination for people may be discussed by a personal physician or via the DSHS website. Questions about the vaccination day may be directed to Keila Johnson at 806/655-7151 or Bob Martinez at 806/783-6418.
Although the symptoms of the swine flu virus are milder compared with the regular flu, the illness has the potential for complicating other illnesses of a person or causing death in young persons, pregnant women and the elderly.
The vaccination is free. For more information about the H1N1 virus, its symptoms or the vaccination visit www.dshs.state.tx.us.