The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment announces that there are still appointments available for its final H1N1 (“Swine Flu”) vaccination clinic on Sunday, Jan. 10. The clinic will run from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Fossil Ridge High School, 5400 Ziegler Road, Fort Collins. Vaccinations through this clinic are free.
Registration is required and can be done on-line through www.larimerflu.org . Telephone registration in English or Spanish is also available at 970-670-6028. Telephone registration will only be available from 10 a. .m – 4 p.m. through Friday.
“This will be the last H1N1 large vaccination clinic we’ll be offering,” said Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, director of the Health Department. “There are now many other places where people can receive vaccination in Larimer County including physician offices, local pharmacies and community vaccinators.”
The clinic is for anyone over six months old who wants to receive the H1N1 vaccination, with or without other health problems. The Health Department highly recommends that pregnant women, young children under 5 and people with a chronic illness or condition especially get vaccinated.
The free clinic also provides a chance for parents to bring in their children under 10 who are due for a second “booster” dose of the vaccine.
LeBailly noted that pandemic influenza viruses often come in waves, and that there may be another wave in the winter/spring.
“Though rates of H1N1 illness seem to be slowing now, we don’t know what’s ahead, whether or not another wave will occur, or whether a seasonal flu outbreak may occur in the winter/spring. Whatever may happen, the more people who are vaccinated, the less likely we will have another round of severe illness in Larimer County.”
Check www.larimerflu.org  for updated local information on registration and other vaccination centers in Larimer County.