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Vaccine to be given on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

OUTDATED AS OF DECEMBER 3rd, Please see www.UtahCountyHealth.org for updated information.

The next Utah County Health Department (UCHD) H1N1 vaccine ticket distribution will take place on Monday, November 30th. At that time, tickets will again be distributed at the Utah County Health and Justice Building (151 S. University Ave, Provo) as well as be available online from www.UtahCountyHealth.org.

"We have had many requests for a way to receive tickets without having to come in," said Lance Madigan, UCHD public information officer. "We wanted to be certain whatever options we tried would make things easier and not harder on our residents."

On Monday morning, individuals will be able to again pick up physical tickets at 8 a.m. Starting at 9 a.m., individuals will also be able to register online for vaccination appointments.

The UCHD is still asking that only individuals in priority groups seeking vaccination, including:

  • Pregnant women
  • People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age
  • Health care or emergency medical personnel with patient contact
  • Children age 6 months to young adults 24 years of age
  • Persons 25 years of age and over with chronic medical conditions associated with higher risk of medical problems from influenza

"We want to stress that those in the priority groups should get in and get their vaccine as soon as possible, since we aren't sure how much longer it will be until restrictions are lifted," said Madigan.

At this time, the UCHD also has seasonal influenza vaccine available as well. The seasonal vaccine is given on a first-come, first-served basis through the regular clinic in Provo on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There are no priority requirements for seasonal influenza vaccine. "It is important to remember you need both vaccinations," said Madigan. "The seasonal influenza vaccine will not protect you from H1N1. The H1N1 vaccine will not protect you from seasonal influenza. You need both vaccines."

For those who aren't able to get the vaccine, the UCHD suggests the following preventive measures:

  • Wash hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid those who are sick -- if you are sick, stay home until 24 hours after fever has gone away without fever-reducing medicine
  • Cough into an elbow or sleeve
  • Get plenty of rest and eat properly

Residents are encouraged to check the UCHD web site (www.UtahCountyHealth.org), to call the UCHD Hot Line at 801-851-2222 or to call United Way’s 2-1-1 Information Line for vaccine availability updates. You may also receive updates by following the UCHD at Twitter or be a fan on FaceBook.