Tri-County Health Department plans to host a number of H1N1 vaccination clinics in Arapahoe County during November and December. The clinics are part …
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Tri-County Health Department plans to host a number of H1N1
vaccination clinics in Arapahoe County during November and
The clinics are part of a larger vaccination effort being
organized throughout Arapahoe, Douglas and Adams counties, the
areas covered by the intergovernmental health department.
The federal government-sponsored vaccine will be offered free of
charge, but will only be provided to those in several higher-risk
priority groups. They are:
Anyone 6 months to 24 years of age
Caretakers for children under 6 months old
People ages 25 to 64 with certain chronic medical conditions,
including a weakened immune system
Health care workers with direct patient contact
Tri-County is asking residents to visit tchd.org for updated information on the
places and times for the clinics, which will mostly be held in
schools to accommodate the large number of vaccine-eligible
Scheduled clinics are subject to change and will be dependent
upon availability of the much in-demand vaccine for H1N1 or
so-called “swine flu.”
“There have been delays in manufacturing and distribution of
this vaccine. If it all dries up, we’ll have to regroup,” said Dr.
Richard Vogt, Tri-County’s executive director.
At press time, two clinics had been tentatively scheduled at
Arapahoe Community College, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive in Littleton.
They are set to take place in the main building’s dining hall and
in room M1950 on Nov. 6 and Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on both
Tri-County is requesting residents attend clinics in their own
county to make it easier for health departments to accommodate
everyone. Long lines are a possibility, according to Vogt.
Reservations are not required.
The vaccine will be available in a multi-dose shot form that
uses the thimerosol preservative and as a preservative-free nasal
mist for those 2 to 49 years of age. Once administered, the
vaccination takes one to two weeks to be effective.
Vogt, who as a health worker has already received his
vaccination, does not know how many doses will be available in the
“That changes on a daily basis,” he said. “It has slowed up
tremendously in terms of what we were projecting. We were supposed
to receive 80,000 by mid-October. By the end of this month, we will
have received a little more than half of that.”
In any case, Vogt wants to assure the public that the
quickly-approved vaccination is safe. From a practical standpoint,
he says, the H1N1 vaccine is in many ways identical to the seasonal
“The seasonal vaccine has been administered to hundreds of
millions without adverse effects,” the doctor said. “So the two
vaccinations are kind of like baking two cakes, one with vanilla,
one with chocolate.”
For more information about the clinics at Arapahoe Community
College, call Heather Wilcox, director of student affairs, at
The vaccination is also being offered free of charge in some
physicians’ offices, but patients may have to pay a small
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