In response to the needs of the community, officials at the Broward County Health Department announced today the opening of an H1N1 vaccination clinic that will serve people in the priority groups. The clinic will open at 8AM on Monday, November 16, 2009 at the National Guard Armory located at 400 SW 24th Street in Fort Lauderdale 33315 (East State Road 84 and SW 4th Avenue). The H1N1 High Risk Vaccination Clinic will operate Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 4:00PM and will replace the smaller H1N1High Risk Vaccination Clinic at Northwest Health Center. The Northwest Health Center’s H1N1 Clinic will close at 4PM today — Friday, November 13, 2009. The H1N1vaccination is free and available on a walk-in basis.
“The Broward County Health Department is proud to partner with the National Guard by utilizing the Armory to serve our community,” said Dr. Paula Thaqi, Director of the Broward County Health Department. “The new location will accommodate more people who are at risk of complications from H1N1 Influenza. At the same time, we will continue to offer vaccinations to all Broward County public school students and participating charter and private school students and allocate vaccine to healthcare providers,” she said.
People in the high priority groups include:
- Pregnant women
- Health care and emergency medical personnel
- People who live with or care for infants younger than 6 months of age
- Anyone 6 months to 24 years of age, and
- Anyone 25 to 64 years of age who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza related complications
H1N1 vaccination clinics for the general public are expected to open in Broward County starting early December.
Health officials encourage everyone to get vaccinated when vaccine is available and continue to offer these recommendations for protection against the flu:
- Stay home if you are sick for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand cleaners.
- Keep your hands away from your face.
- See your healthcare provided if you are sick.
- Take antiviral medicine if recommended.
More information on H1N1Influenza is provided at:
Broward County Health Department: www.browardchd.org – (954) 467-4705
Florida Department of Health: www.myflusafety.com
Toll free 24/7 Florida Flu Information Line: 1-877-352-3581
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: www.flu.gov