The Evanston Health and Human Services officials say they’ve now received “a small shipment” of H1N1 flu vaccine and plan to begin postponed school vaccination clinics next week.

“We have received a small shipment of our order, and we believe it will be enough to open school based clinics and a few community clinics for the target groups who are most at risk from the virus,” said Evonda Thomas, Director of Health and Human Services.

“The department has received about 5,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine in the multi-dose, injectable form and 5,000 nasal spray of the live attenuated vaccine,” she added.

District 65 school officials say the updated schedule for vaccination clinics at the schools is as follows:

  • Lincolnwood Elementary School, Monday, Nov. 2.
  • Oakton Elementary School, Tuesday, Nov. 3.
  • Orrington Elementary Schoo, Tuesday, Nov. 3.
  • Rice School, Wednesday, Nov. 4.
  • Hill Center, Thursday, Nov. 5.
  • King Lab  School, Thursday, Nov. 5.
  • Dawes Elementary School, Friday, Nov. 6.
  • Lincoln Elementary School, Friday, Nov. 6.
  • Park School, Monday, Nov. 9.
  • Willard Elementary School, Monday, Nov 9.
  • Chute Middle School, Tuesday, Nov. 10.
  • Dewey Elementary School, Tuesday, Nov. 10.
  • Washington Elementary School, Thursday, Nov. 12.
  • Evanston Township High School, Thursday, Nov. 12 and Friday, Nov. 13.
  • Nichols Middle School, Friday, Nov. 13.
  • Haven Middle School, Monday, Nov. 16.
  • Kingsley Elementary School, Monday, Nov. 16.
  • Walker Elementary School, Monday, Nov. 16.
  • Rhodes Magnet School, Wednesday, Nov. 18.

The community clinics are scheduled to be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7 and 8, at the high school. The exact times and locations have yet to be announced.

Thomas said parents should be aware that the initial vaccine supply is not Thimerosal-free. While the amount of Thimerosal currently contained in the vaccine the city is receiving is minute, parents will need to make their own decisions. Thimerosal is a mercury-containing preservative used since the 1930’s in some vaccines to prevent contamination.

Parents or guardians must have a signed consent form completed for children 18 and under in order for them to receive the H1N1 vaccination.  Children under ten (10) years of age will need to have two doses of the vaccine, separated by 28 days. Recipients of the voluntary vaccination must be a student at the school offering the clinic for that particular scheduled day.

The initial vaccination clinics will follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, and include: 

  • Pregnant women;
  • People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age;
  • Health care and emergency medical services personnel (EMTs/paramedics);
  • All people ages six (6) months through 24 years of age; and
  • Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza.

Following the CDC guidelines, once the demand for vaccine for the prioritized groups have been met, the Evanston Health and Human Services Department will consider further distribution for the general public based on vaccine availability.

There is no charge for the H1N1 vaccinations at the Health and Human Services Department’s clinics. Additional clinics will be announced as vaccine is received and dates are confirmed.

For more information about the H1N1 influenza clinics, call 847-866-2948 or 847 866-2962.     

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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5 Comments

    1. Flu vaccine is part of Comrade Obama’s death panel plan
      gkarl says:
      “Go ahead and get it its the best thing I ever did for myself. Reduce the risk of getting sick. As of September 15,2009 is has been deemed safe by the FDA http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/newsroom/pressannouncements/ucm182399.htm

      Big mistake, gkarl! It’s part of Obama’s evil plan to turn America into a socialist state! The FDA ( which is a government agency) is trying to inject you with mind-controlling poisons, so that you will put up no resistance when Pelosi and Barney Frank come to take your guns away.

      This whole “flu vaccine” scam is just a giant hoax being peddled by the socialized medicine crowd (who claim that the viruses ‘evolve’..what a joke..everyone knows that evolution is a fraud) so that they can get government involved in health care and inject their mind-controlling poison into our blood.

      Well…I guess it is too late for you now, but the rest of us need to protect ourselves.

      I’ll avoid this “flu” by staying downstairs in my bunker, protected by my tinfoil helmet, with my guns and cans of food and bottled water.

  1. Creeping socialism
    Seriously, folks…where are all of our Republican friends on this H1N1 vaccination issue?

    Why are they being silent? Don’t they recognize what is happening?

    The government is rationing vaccinations here. The CDC has decided who is deserving of treatment. Isn’t this a prelude to the “Death Panels” that Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck warned us about?

    Why shouldn’t I have access to this vaccine? Shouldn’t this vaccine be available to whomever is willing to pay for it?

    Deregulating the price of the H1N1 vaccine will encourage the market to produce more of it, right?

    1. Someone needs to brush up on their supply and demand…
      The problem with your theory is that the supply of the H1N1 vaccine CAN’T be increased fast enough to keep up with demand since vaccination needs to occur prior to the onset of the flu season (nevermind the fact that we’re apparently already in the H1N1 flu season). Making the H1N1 available for purchase will still result in a shortage of vaccines; the only two things that could happen would be that you would either a)risk the chance of not being able to get the vaccine anyway because the supply runs out before you can get yours or b) you pay an exorbitantly inflated price for the vaccine (hundreds? thousands of dollars?)

      We’ve had enough panic with the economy, the banks, and unemployment…this rationing makes sure that the sickest and most susceptible get vaccinated first. Should you get into a car accident and get sent into the ER, do you want to be treated by someone who can give you the H1N1 virus? Didn’t think so.

      1. Vaccine Supply
        You have to recall that Congress years ago thought we had to many suppliers and pushed a number of drug companies that made vaccines out of the U.S.. Some of those might have remained in the U.S. and produced the non-egg technology needed—however Congress would probably veto that or push approval out 20 years once developed and so why would companies invest.
        Boosters are used in many countries that would have expanded the number of doses available but Congress held the FDA back in approving it.
        Irradiation has been around for 20+ years and tested but not approved for many uses that would greatly reduce food poisoning—companies have little incentive to do in advance what will only be approved after a disaster occurs.

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