Distributing H1N1 Vaccines

by Emily Baird on November 9, 2009 at 6:35 am

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department will be receiving two thousand doses of the H1N1 vaccine later this week.

Preparedness Coordinator, Jeff Michaels says most of that will be in the form of injections.

"…which is really going to be helpful for hitting some of these target groups with chronical medical condtions, " says Ebel.

Michaels says the health department is still targeting at-risk groups, including pregant women, healthcare workers, childcare providers, children from six months to nine years of age, and 10 to 24-year-olds with chronic health conditions.

Michaels says the Ohio Department of Health has been dividing the H1N1 vaccinations fairly equally throughout the state.

"We do order and then the state places their combined order to the CDC. Basically, what’s available from the pharmaceutical companies that week is how they can honor those requests. Sometime they can honor them fully and sometimes it’s just divided out according to population, " says Michaels.

While Michaels says the health department would like to have more vaccines to distribute, he says it services as many people as it can with what it has.

The next H1N1 clinic will be held next Thursday, November 19th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at its 7th Street building.