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H1N1 clinic today at Iowa Lakes

By Staff | Oct 14, 2009

Emmet County Public Health Director Kathy Preston gives R.N. Sharon Hooge a dose of flu mist vaccine as Linda Woldruff looks on. An H1N1 immunization clinic for health-care workers and others will be held at Iowa Lakes 4:30-7 p.m. today. Vaccine will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

An H1N1 immunization clinic will be offered to health-care workers with direct patient care, parents of children under six months and people who provide direct care for children under six months today at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville.

Emmet County Public Health is holding the clinic from 4:30-7 p.m. in the auditorium in room 16 in the north building of Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville.

A total of 300 doses is available and includes nasal spray for those under 50 and injectable vaccine for those over 50 for those who do not meet the criteria for nasal spray.

Emmet County Public Health R.N. Sharon Hooge said side effects most common for nasal spray may include congestion, fatigue, decreased appetite and sore throat. Hooge said anyone who has had flu mist for seasonal flu within the last 30 days should not have the H1N1 flu mist. Those with any acute or chronic health conditions or weekened immunization system or those who should be in a protected environment or who are pregnant or are breast feeding should not have the flu mist either, Hooge said.

Emmet County Public Health Director Kathy Preston said Emmet County Public Health will offer more flu clinics in area schools and communities with the dates to be announced later.

Anyone with questions about either the H1N1 flu mist or injectable vaccine should call Emmet County Public Health at 362-2490 or the Iowa Department of Public Health Public Call Center at 1-800-447-1985.