News of H1N1 (swine) flu can be unsettling for many parents. According to health officials and pediatricians, parents should be aware and concerned, but not panicked. The Alameda County Public Health Department is providing no-cost H1N1 vaccinations to uninsured residents who are at highest risk of complications from exposure to the H1N1 virus.

For the November 7 clinics, this includes:

  • Pregnant women
  • Persons who live with or provide care for infants aged < 6 months (e.g. parents, siblings and childcare providers)
  • Children aged 6 months – 4 years
  • Children and adolescents aged 5 – 18 years who have chronic medical conditions that put them at higher risk for flu-related complications

Please note that residents with health insurance are encouraged to contact their primary care provider for guidance on receiving the H1N1 vaccine.

Click for locations and additional dates. As supply of the H1N1 vaccine increases, the Public Health Department will expand vaccination efforts to include other vulnerable populations identified by the Centers for Disease Control. Translated versions of this document are available online.

For more information please see the OUSD website.

AuthorSteve Mundro