H1N1 vaccine available at Issaquah, King County pharmacies

November 9, 2009

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 9, 2009

Pharmacies around King County — including the pharmacy at the Northwest Gilman Boulevard QFC — received 15,000 doses of H1N1, or swine flu, vaccine, the local health department announced Friday.

Many of the 44 participating pharmacies will take appointments by phone; some will be holding walk-up clinics without appointment during the week ahead. See the full list of pharmacies, along with hours, types of vaccine available, vaccination age ranges and fees here.

The site will be updated Monday through Friday by noon; residents should contact the pharmacies for the most up-to-date information.

With limited national vaccine supplies, Public Health – Seattle & King County officials had to delay a plan to make the vaccine widely available through community venues. As more vaccine becomes available, additional vaccination sites, including community clinics, will become available.

“Making vaccine available through pharmacies is an important next step in protecting our community, but supplies at both pharmacies and health care providers will continue to be limited for at least several weeks,” Dr. David Fleming, director and health officer for the health department, said in a news release. “Eventually there will be enough vaccine for everyone who wants to get vaccinated, but we are still dealing with limited vaccine supplies.”

With the latest deliveries, King County has received about 142,000 doses of vaccine. A new allocation of about 71,000 doses is being ordered for delivery to the county. Most of the vaccine is being made available through health care providers.

People eligible to receive vaccine through pharmacies include:

  • Pregnant women
  • People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months
  • 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
  • Health care and emergency workers with direct patient contact

The amount of vaccine at pharmacies will be limited, with each pharmacy receiving a few hundred doses each. The vaccine will be resupplied to pharmacies as more becomes available over the coming weeks.

Many pharmacies are unable to vaccinate babies and young children because the staff is not licensed or trained to do so. Residents who want to vaccinate children should check with pharmacies and with health care providers because the vaccine is continuing to arrive.

People should bring their health insurance information to the pharmacy; they may need to submit a receipt to their insurance companies for reimbursement.

Visit the agency’s H1N1 flu Web site for updates on vaccine availability, or call the Flu Hotline at 877-903-5464. The hotline is staffed with operators to answer questions about H1N1. Operators are available 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays. Recorded information will be available 24 hours a day.

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