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H1N1 clinics for healthy kids age 2-9 are Saturday

Dakota County Public Health Department has scheduled H1N1 flu clinics for healthy children from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road W., West St. Paul, and the Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley.

No appointments are needed, and participants will not have to pay for the shots.

Because the vaccine is in nasal spray form and the supply is limited, the vaccine will be given only to healthy children. The child must not have a chronic health condition such as asthma or diabetes. Children age 2 through 9 need a second flu shot about a month after the first one to have full protection.

The vaccine supply is limited and eligible children will be vaccinated on a first-come, first-served basis.

For those having health insurance, bring your health insurance card so that the insurance plan can be billed for the cost of administering the vaccine. For those not having health insurance, Dakota County Public Health Department will pay for the administration cost.

Washington County Public Health Department has also scheduled H1N1 clinics for healthy children, age 2 to 9, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 21. The nearest one to Hastings is the Cottage Grove Service Center, 13000 Ravine Parkway S. The Washington County H1N1 clinics are for Washington County residents who have children attending school in Washington County. There is no charge for the vaccine.