State and local public health agencies are strongly recommending vaccination to reduce the spread of H1N1 flu. “While the number of H1N1 cases have decreased in recent weeks, we don’t want people to miss this opportunity to get vaccinated should there be another wave of illness,” said Rob Fulton, Director of the Saint Paul – Ramsey County Department of Public Health. “It’s a long way until May and the end of the usual flu season.”
The clinic will offer FluMist nasal vaccine as well as injectable H1N1 vaccine. Parents with children from 6 months through 9 years who need a second dose of the vaccine are urged to bring their child to this walk-in clinic. Children in this age group are not fully protected against H1N1 until they’ve had the second dose of vaccine.
Anyone receiving the vaccine will need to fill out a consent form; parents or guardians will need to fill out a vaccine consent form for each child under the age of 18. The forms are available at www.co.ramsey.mn.us/ph to download and fill it out in advance. For more information on H1N1, visit www.co.ramsey.mn.us/ph or call (651) 266-2440.