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First H1N1 vaccine arrives in Evanston

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.     

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