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Sebelius Visits H1N1 Vaccination Clinics
November 2, 2009
Photo courtesy of Pierre Paret
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited H1N1 vaccination clinics this weekend at McKinley High School in Washington, D.C., and George Washington Middle School in Alexandria, Virginia. Sebelius talked with people who received the H1N1 vaccine, and thanked the volunteers, health care workers, and clinic coordinators for making the clinics happen.
“We are slowly seeing the gap between supply and demand begin to close. Because the vaccine distribution system varies by state, vaccine availability may also differ depending on where you live,” said Secretary Sebelius. “We understand the frustration of Americans who are waiting in long lines for vaccine, or have not been able to get vaccinated yet. However, more is on the way and we are working around the clock to get the vaccine distributed as quickly as it is produced.”
In addition to getting vaccinated, there are other simple prevention steps you can take to protect yourself from the flu such as covering our nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze; washing your hands often with soap and water; avoiding touching our e eyes, nose, or mouth, staying home when you are sick. More information everyday steps you can take to protect your health can be found by clicking here.
The 2009 H1N1 vaccine is recommended for the for priority groups such as pregnant women, children ages 6 months to 24 years, health care workers, caregivers of infants under 6 months of age, and adults 25 to 64 years old with chronic health conditions such as asthma or diabetes. More vaccine is produced and shipped to communities around the country each day. Information on where to get vaccinated can be found using the flu shot locator at flu.gov.