The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced Friday that beginning today (Monday), all Iowans will be eligible to receive an H1N1 flu vaccination.
"Local public health agencies have done a tremendous job during this vaccination campaign, and in getting those at highest risk vaccinated," said IDPH Director Tom Newton. "We feel confident that it is now time to expand H1N1 vaccinations to the general public."
While H1N1 vaccinations will be available to all Iowans beginning Monday, IDPH continues to encourage those at highest risk of complications to make sure they are vaccinated.
Public health officials predict that another wave of H1N1 illness will occur during the usual time Iowa sees the highest rates of influenza activity -- late January and February. Thus being immunized as soon as possible will give Iowans protection against this possible third wave of illness.
The Cherokee Regional Medical Center's Public Health will be holding two clinics this week. The first clinic is today from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the second clinic will be on Friday from noon to 4 p.m. at the CRMC's Public Health located at 1000 S. Second Street. You must call for an appointment prior to receiving the vaccination at 712-225-6459.
For a list of all public H1N1 vaccination sites and clinic times, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/webmap/default.asp?....