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Yates, Schuyler hold H1N1 clinics

YATES, SCHUYLER COUNTIES—Yates County Public Health will conduct an H1N1 clinic Monday, Dec. 21, after the vaccination becomes available to the general public.
The Yates clinic is scheduled at the Yates County Office Building’s auditorium. It will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3:30 to 6 p.m. Yates also held a clinic, Monday, Dec. 14 in Dundee.
Gov. David Paterson announced Thursday, Dec. 10, that health care providers can now inoculate anyone, not just the target groups. Deb Minor, director of Yates County Public Health, said Public Health brought all vaccines they had to the Dec. 14 clinic. She said without doing an official count, public health had between 500 and 750 doses. Minor added a new shipment should come in this week.
Minor also said that through the school vaccinations, around 1,000 Dundee, Penn Yan and St. Michael’s students, under age 10, have already been vaccinated against the H1N1 virus. She said some of those students are almost ready for their second doses. Minor explained those can be gotten at the two December clinics, or when public health is at the schools again in January.
In Schuyler County, these clinics will be the first ones open to the community. That includes just the target groups and everyone. The Schuyler County clinics are:
• Saturday, Dec. 19, from 6:30 to 10 a.m., at the Human Services Building in Montour Falls.
• Tuesday, Dec. 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Community Center in Watkins Glen.
• Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Human Services Building.
Marcia Kasprzyk, deputy director of Schuyler County Public Health, said the department waited to announce these clinics until after Paterson made his announcement. She added that because the county is almost done with school vaccinations, public health wants to focus these community clinics on people over the age of 18. She said by Dec. 18, all students should be vaccinated.
“We would have loved to do this in November,” said Kasprzyk, but public health did not have enough doses to hold the clinics. However, she said it was good to have the clinics now when people are gathering together for the holidays. She added it would also be before the true flu season, which is January and February.
Both Yates and Schuyler Public Health Departments are asking people to come to clinics with sleeves that can be rolled out of the way for the shot. Minor added that people who can get the nasal spray should, so there are more injections left for the people who can’t take the spray.

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