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First of Several H1N1 Clinics Coming to Pella

An H1N1 flu-shot clinic in Pella is scheduled to run Saturday, October 31st at Pella Community High School Cafeteria on 212 E. University Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until the vaccines runs out. Marion County Public Health Spokesperson Diane Ellis says the clinic only applies to ‘priority groups’: pregnant women, people who care for children younger than six months, health care personnel with direct patient contact to those priority groups, and all children six months through four years. The clinic also applies to children five through 18 years of age who have chronic medical conditions.

Other tentative clinic dates set, and subject to change, are:

November 5 Knoxville
November 12 Bussey
November 14 Pella
November 19 Pleasantville/Melcher Dallas
November 21 Knoxville

County public health officials say that children are especially at a higher risk for H1N1-related complications; particularly those younger than two years old. Other groups at high risk include children and adolescents with chronic medical conditions, such as asthma and diabetes, and children on long-term aspirin therapy, among others.

Warning signs of influenza infection include fast breathing or trouble breathing, bluish or gray skin color, dehydration, and severe or persistent vomiting, among others.

Health officials will contact KNIA/KRLS News first with any changes or vaccine updates.

Above all, county health officials are encouraging residents to always wash their hands, cover their coughs and stay home when sick.

Residents with general questions about H1N1 should call the H1N1 hotline at 1-800-447-1985. For other county-specific questions, residents can call 828-2238.