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Dakota County Public Health offers more clinics for H1N1 vaccine

There is still time to get an H1N1 vaccination.

Dakota County Public Health has scheduled six clinics throughout the county, including Hastings, offering the H1N1 flu vaccine. There are no health restrictions or age restrictions (except for being six months or older).

"Anyone and everyone is eligible," said Dakota County Public Health deputy director Wendy Bauman. "We have the nasal spray and the injectable vaccine available."

To receive the free vaccine, people must call to make an appointment for one of the following clinics: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8, at the Western Service Center, Apple Valley; from noon to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, Northern Service Center, West St. Paul; from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, Administration Center in Hastings; from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, Western Service Center, Apple Valley; from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, Northern Service Center, West St. Paul; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26, Western Service Center, Apple Valley.

This is the third round of clinics Dakota County Public Health Department has scheduled in the county. The previous clinics had restrictions as to who could receive them. Those restrictions are gone, Bauman said.

"We encourage everyone to get the vaccine," Bauman said. "We are working closely with the Minnesota Visiting Nurses Association who provide the registrars and some nurses for the clinics."

The previous clinics were well attended; in fact, at the last one, additional help was provided to ensure those who made appointments received the vaccine.

There is no charge for the vaccine, but those coming to a clinic are asked to bring their insurance card with them so their health plan can be billed for the administration fee. For those with no insurance, Dakota County Public Health will cover the cost of administering the vaccine.

The entire process is completed rather quickly, Bauman said. People should allow five to 10 minute to complete some paperwork. They should wear clothing that allows easy access to the upper arm if they receive the injectable vaccine.

Once the vaccine has been administered, the individual is asked to remain for a short period of time.

To make an appointment for one of the county clinics, call 438-4777. Appointments can be made from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Other resources

Allina Clinic, Nininger site, in Hastings is offering the H1N1 vaccine to its patients. For more information, call 480-4200.

Walgreens in Hastings also has the H1N1 vaccine. Call the store at 438-0433 for days and time when available.