H1N1 Vaccine Available To All Starting Saturday; Nearest Is In SeaTac
King County Public Health on Wednesday (Dec. 9th) announced that starting this Saturday, Dec. 12th, the H1N1 influenza vaccine will be provided to everybody six months of age and older in King County, with the nearest available at SeaTac HealthPoint, which is located at 4040 South 188th Street.
However, depending on the demand, supplies may be limited for a time at some locations.
The county is taking this next step in widening H1N1 vaccine eligibility because many health care providers in King County are now reporting that they are able to meet the demand for their highest risk patients and vaccine supplies are increasing and expected to continue to rise steadily.
â€œWeâ€™re pleased that many of our highest risk residents have been vaccinated and that we have enough vaccine now to open eligibility to anyone who wants it,â€ said Dr. David Fleming, Director and Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County. â€œEven though flu has peaked, at least temporarily, H1N1 illness continues in our community. Getting vaccinated is still a very good idea.â€
As of Dec. 4, an estimated 380,000 people in King County who are at high-risk for complications have been vaccinated for H1N1 influenza, and an additional 58,000 doses of vaccine are on the ground or in the process of being shipped to vaccine providers in the county.
Vaccination continues to be particularly important for people at highest risk for H1N1, including pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age, people between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old, people between 25 through 64 years of age with chronic health conditions or weakened immune systems, and healthcare and emergency workers.
New clinics and vaccine availability â€¨H1N1 vaccine is available from local health care providers and pharmacies; see availability at pharmacies. â€¨Additionally, some health centers are offering free H1N1 vaccination to people who cannot afford to pay.
Clinics will be held from 9am â€“ 3pm on:
- Saturday, Dec. 12th
- Wednesday, Dec. 16th
- Saturday, Dec. 19th
At these HealthPoint clinics:
- SeaTac HealthPoint: 4040 S. 188th Street, Suite 201;Phone: (206) 277-7200
- Kent HealthPoint: 403 E. Meeker
- Auburn HealthPoint: 126 Auburn Avenue, Suite 400
- Redmond HealthPoint: 16315 NE 87th Street, Suite B6
Public Health will also hold five free H1N1 clinics this Saturday and next Saturday, Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. These same sites, except for Eastgate Public Health Center, will also have clinics on Wednesday, December 16 from noon to 7 p.m. at:
- Renton Public Health Center, 3001 NE 4th Street
- Federal Way Public Health Center, 33431 13th Place South
- Seattle: Columbia Public Health Center, 4400 37th Ave South
- Seattle: North Public Health Center, 10501 Meridian Ave North
- Bellevue: Eastgate Public Health Center, 14350 SE Eastgate Way
Vaccinations are first come, first served, and no reservations will be taken. If demand is high, people will be given a designated time later that day to return and receive their vaccination. Once supply is exhausted, people will be informed as soon as they arrive.
For more information on future clinics and other H1N1 updates, visit: www.kingcounty.gov/health/H1N1.
You can also call the Flu Hotline at 1-877-903-KING (5464), which is staffed with operators to answer questions about H1N1 influenza from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, with a special 24-hour nurse line service extended over the weekend for people with flu seeking medical care advice. Recorded information is available 24 hours a day.