Area residents get shot
By Robin Scott
More than 200 area residents took advantage of the free H1N1 Vaccination Day on December 16th at Rita Blanca Coliseum. The daylong clinic provided both the live virus shot and nasal spray to all ages of people. An estimated 50 percent of those receiving the vaccination were youngsters.
Encouraged to receive the shot were 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. Elvira Enriquez, a representative at the clinic, noted, “We haven’t turned anyone who came to get the shot away, even if they did not fit within one of the recommended groups.” DISD School Nurse Jamie Stevenson noted, “We saw a large number of our school kids here today. I’m very happy about that.”
In early January, the group will be in Hartley County administering more of the H1N1 vaccine. Area residents who missed the clinic on December 16th or live in Hartley County are encouraged to attend. Questions about the vaccination day for Hartley County may be directed to Keila Johnson at 806/655-7151, Elvira Enriquez at 806/364-4579 or Bob Martinez at 806/783-6418 and questions may also be answered by dialing 211. For more information about the H1N1 virus, its symptoms or the vaccination visit www.dshs.state.tx.us.