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Posted on: December 11, 2009

[ARCHIVED] H1N1 Vaccinations Now Open to All Iowans

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced that beginning Monday, December 14, 2009, all Iowans will be eligible to receive an H1N1 flu vaccination.

"Local public health agencies have done a tremendous job during this vaccination campaign, and in getting those at highest risk vaccinated," said IDPH Director Tom Newton. "We feel confident that it is now time to expand H1N1 vaccinations to the general public."

While H1N1 vaccinations will be available to all Iowans beginning Monday, IDPH continues to encourage those at highest risk of complications to make sure they are vaccinated.

Public health officials predict that another wave of H1N1 illness will occur during the usual time Iowa sees the highest rates of influenza activity - late January and February. Thus, being immunized as soon as possible will give Iowans protection against this possible third wave of illness.

“In Dubuque County, health care providers have done an extraordinary job of vaccinating those most at risk from H1N1 complications”, said Mary Rose Corrigan, Public Health Specialist for the City of Dubuque. “Now that more vaccine will be allocated from IDPH, local health care providers, including the Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association and Crescent Community Health Center, are gearing up to give the vaccinations.”

Iowa Influenza Hotline: 1-800-447-1985

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