Flu vaccine arrives

This article submitted by Michael Jacobson on 12/06/00.

Enough flu shots have arrived at the Paynesville Area Health Care System for public offerings of this year's vaccine.

Two walk-in clinics will be held this week at the Paynesville Area Medical Clinic. No appointments will be necessary to get the vaccine.

The first walk-in clinic will be held on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Another will be held over the weekend on Saturday morning, Dec. 9, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Flu vaccines were delayed this year due to manufacturing problems that created a nationwide shortage. Normally, PAHCS receives the vaccines it orders in October and holds public clinics then.

Due to the shortage this year, the county set criteria for the disbursement of the vaccines to target people most at-risk to influenza.

PAHCS followed these criteria as it distributed the small initial shipments of the vaccine it received this year. The first vaccines went to residents at the two nursing homes in Paynesville.

In recent weeks, PAHCS has called priority patients, including people 65 year of age and older, to come and get vaccinations.

Enough vaccinations arrived last week so that PAHCS can distribute them to the public through their annual walk-in clinics.

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