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Make your appointment for Mad. Co. H1N1 Flu clinics

The Madison County Health Department announced Nov. 13 its first two scheduled H1N1 flu clinics for healthy kids and pregnant women. Beginning today eligible residents can register and schedule an appointment online by going to the Madison County Health Department Web site at healthymadisoncounty.org. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

"We are very excited to offer residents the ability to schedule an appointment for a family member or themselves online, in the convenience of home, work, or at a local library," said Eric Faisst, Public Health Director for Madison County Health Department. "Those who have made an appointment can be assured that the vaccine will be available to them and that their clinic visit will go more quickly."

The first clinic on Nov. 19 will offer the H1N1 nasal spray (Flu Mist) vaccine to healthy people between the ages of 2 to 24 years who are not pregnant and are without an underlying medical conditions, such as:

Asthma

Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions [including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizure disorders), stroke, intellectual disability (mental retardation), moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury].

Chronic lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] and cystic fibrosis)

Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease)

Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease)

Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes mellitus)

Kidney disorders

Liver disorders

Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders)

Weakened immune system due to disease or medication (such as people with HIV or AIDS, or cancer, or those on chronic steroids)

People younger than 19 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy The second clinic on Nov. 24 will offer the H1N1 Flu Shot to pregnant women.

There is no charge for the H1N1 vaccine.

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