Bear River Health Department first in state to administer H1N1 vaccine

The Bear River Health Department received their first shipment of H1N1 Flu Mist today. While the shipment arrived earlier than anticipated, health department staff was able to begin administering the vaccine by early afternoon. This first shipment is very limited and available in nasal spray form only. With the shipment, Public Information Officer Jill Parker said, the Bear River Health Department became the first agency in Utah to start administering the vaccine. The first vaccines were issued at about 2 p.m. Monday, Parker said. “We have been creating a plan on how to efficiently administer this vaccine for the past few months,” said Lloyd Berentzen, Health Officer of the Bear River Health Department. “this planning paid off today as our staff was able to take the vaccine from point of delivery to administering it to the public in just a couple of hours.” Flu Mist is the trademark name for a quick nasal spray version of the H1N1 vaccine. H1N1 Flu Mist is not for everyone. This vaccine is approved and recommended for healthy people who: • are from 2-24 years of age • are from 25 – 49 years of age and: o Live with or care for infants younger than 6 months of age , or o Are health care or emergency medical personnel H1N1 Flu Mist is currently available in limited supply and is available at the Bear River Health Department in Logan and Brigham Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. It is anticipated that more vaccine both H1N1 Flu Mist and injectable will arrive on a weekly basis. As more is made available the health department will work closely with local partners to provide the vaccine throughout the community to those who are at highest risk for getting H1N1. These individuals include: • Pregnant women • Household contact of those 6 months or younger • Children age 6 months to 24 years • Those under the age of 64 with chronic medical conditions. • Health care workers with direct patient contact The department encourages everyone to continue to wash your hands, cover your cough, and stay home when you are sick. Updates on the arrival and availability of the H1N1 flu vaccine may always be found at www.brhd.org.

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