Public Health – Seattle & King County will offer free H1N1 vaccine Saturday

January 8, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6:35 p.m. Jan. 8, 2010

Jan. 10-16 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. King County public health officials will mark the event by offering the H1N1, or swine flu, vaccine to people unable to pay.

Public Health – Seattle & King County officials said more than 600,000 people countywide received the vaccination. But many people do not yet have immunity to the virus and remain at risk. With more vaccine available, officials said now would be a good time for anyone 6 months or older to receive the vaccine.

About 757,000 doses of the vaccine had been received in King County by this week. H1N1 vaccine is available through many healthcare providers and local pharmacies. Learn more about vaccine availability here.

“H1N1 influenza has caused severe illness particularly among children, as well as pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions and weakened immune systems,” Dr. David Fleming, director and health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, said in a news release. “We’re still seeing H1N1 influenza illness in our community, and we can prevent new waves of infection in coming months by vaccinating more people now. The current vaccine has been found to be very effective in protecting against the H1N1 virus.”

For children younger than 10 who received one dose of vaccine, officials said now would be a good time to receive the second dose — if 28 days or more passed since the initial dose.

Clinics start tomorrow and continue through Jan. 30. Vaccinations will be administered on a first come, first served. No reservations will be taken. The vaccine will be available at these locations:

  • Auburn: HealthPoint Auburn, 126 Auburn Avenue, Suite 400, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 9,16, 23, 30
  • Bellevue: Eastgate Public Health Center, 14350 S.E. Eastgate Way, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Bellevue: Sea Mar Bellevue, 1811 156th Ave. N.E., Suite 2, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Jan. 11, 16
  • Federal Way: Federal Way Public Health Center, 33431 13th Place S., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30; 4-8 p.m. Jan. 13, 20, 27
  • Kent HealthPoint Kent, 403 E. Meeker St., 9 a.m. – noon Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Redmond: HealthPoint, 16315 N.E. 87th St., Suite B6, 9 a.m. – noon Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Renton: Public Health Center, 3001 N.E. Fourth St., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30; 4-8 p.m. Jan. 13, 20, 27
  • Seattle: Columbia Public Health Center, 4400 37th Ave. S., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30; 4-8 p.m. Jan. 13, 20, 27
  • Seattle: North Public Health Center, 10501 Meridian Ave. N., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30; 4-8 p.m. Jan. 13, 20, 27
  • Seattle: Sea Mar-South Park, 8720 14th Ave. S., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Jan. 9; 1-8 p.m. Jan. 12
  • Seattle: Sea Mar-White Center 9650 15th Ave. S.W., No. 100, 1-8 p.m. Jan. 14
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