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January 6, 2010 > Palo Alto Medical Foundation has H1N1 Flu Vaccine available

Palo Alto Medical Foundation has H1N1 Flu Vaccine available

Submitted By Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) will be holding two types of H1N1 vaccination walk-in clinics for qualifying patients in January: Flu Mist-Only and H1N1 Injectable Flu Vaccine Walk-In Clinics. On Friday, January 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., several PAMF locations will be holding Flu Mist-only walk-in clinics. Flu Mist is a live attenuated intranasal vaccine approved for use in healthy people two to 49 years of age who are not pregnant. We will be offering Flu Mist to healthy people two to 49 years of age, including healthy children ages two to nine years for first H1N1 vaccination and second (booster) H1N1 flu vaccination for those who are now due.

There will also be H1N1 injectable flu vaccination walk-in clinics on Sunday, January 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or until supplies last at several PAMF locations. We will be offering H1N1 injectable vaccine to children and young adults ages six months to 24 years of age including children six months to nine years who need a second (booster) H1N1 vaccine, as well as individuals identified and prioritized as high risk by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

PAMF is not affected by recent H1N1 Intranasal Flu Vaccine recall. The manufacturer of the intranasal (inhaled through the nose) 2009 H1N1 vaccine called FluMist is doing a non-safety related recall of five million doses. The vaccine is being recalled because it may lose potency as it sits in storage over time and not because it is unsafe or contaminated. Although PAMF did receive one of the lot numbers of the recalled vaccine, the vaccines were administered in October and would have been effective at that time. If you have received a dose of FluMist earlier this year, you are still protected from H1N1 flu and there is no need to be revaccinated. We have verified that our current stock of H1N1 FluMist throughout PAMF does not include any of the recalled product.

PAMF has a limited supply of seasonal flu vaccine. Please contact your doctor's office to receive the seasonal flu vaccine. For more information and for a list of clinic locations holding walk-in clinics visit www.pamf.org.

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