More H1N1 Vaccine for Health Department

by Audry Kensicki on October 28, 2009

More H1N1 flu vaccines have made their way to Muskingum County, allowing for another immunization clinic.

The Zanesville Muskingum Health Department is combining leftovers from the last immunization clinic with new shipments, making the total about 1,000 doses of the mist.

"The main thing we’re focusing on is that when we get that vaccine, we don’t want to keep it in the refrigerator," said Preparedness Coordinator Jeff Michaels. "We want to move it out. As soon as we receive it, we want to get it out."

Michaels said the health deparment didn’t expect to have any doses left over.

"We were surprised that we had people in line before the announced time and then there was a rush, but then the last hour or so, there weren’t that many coming through," he said. "Perhaps they thought we just ran out."

The next H1N1 vaccination clinic will be this Saturday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. or whenever supplies run out. It will be held at the 7th Street location and only for high risk groups.

Those groups are health workers and EMTs under the age of 50, childcare providers under 50 and healthy children ages two to nine.

The health department is also slowing their plans to hold school vaccinations because doses are not coming in as quickly as they had originally thought. We will bring you more information on those clinics, when it becomes available.