Archive for Thursday, June 24, 2010

Health officials continue to push H1N1 vaccinations

Leah Jansen inhales the nasal spray H1N1 influenza vaccine administered to her by Colleen Mundstock with the Leavenworth County Health Department.

Leah Jansen inhales the nasal spray H1N1 influenza vaccine administered to her by Colleen Mundstock with the Leavenworth County Health Department.

June 24, 2010

The Johnson County Health Department continues to offer free H1N1 vaccine during its normal immunization clinic hours.

“Vaccination against H1N1 is still important,” said Lougene Marsh, Johnson County Health Department director. “We are encouraging anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated to get one this summer. It’s not too late to protect yourself and those around you.”

Health officials say most Americans remain susceptible to H1N1 flu. Of the 309 million residents of the United States, about 60 million were infected during the past year and 75 million got the vaccine (some of whom may also have been infected). That leaves at least 174 million, or 56 percent of the population, still vulnerable.

Vaccines are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and no appointment is necessary.

Johnson County Health Department clinic are at 6000 Lamar Ave. in Mission and 11875 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe. Hours of operation are:

  • 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday,
  • 8:30 a.m. – noon Friday
  • 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month (Olathe clinic only)
  • 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month (Olathe clinic only)
  • 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month (Mission only).

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