San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

November 20th, 2009
County opens flu vaccine clinic for ‘at risk’ populations


The Hays County Personal Health Department has designated a satellite clinic at 705 W. Hopkins Street, Suite 112, San Marcos, to administer free H1N1 vaccinations to residents of Hays County. The clinic will initially focus its small supply of vaccine on those prioritized by the Texas Department of State Health Services as “at risk.”

No other Personal Health Department services or immunizations will be available at that site.

Priority groups include pregnant women, children age 6 months through 4 years, persons age 5 years through 64 years with high-risk health conditions, health-care workers who provide direct patient care, and persons who have close contact with infants age 6 months and younger. High-risk health conditions include immunosuppressive disorders such as long-term aspirin or steroid therapy, HIV/AIDS, COPD, asthma and congestive heart failure.

“To make it more convenient for residents to get the vaccine, we’ve designated a special clinic that will administer only the H1N1 vaccine,” said Priscilla Hargraves, director of the Hays County Personal Health Clinic. “We encourage people needing only the H1N1 vaccine to go to the satellite clinic since it will be open every day and wait times should be greatly reduced.”

Hargraves urged persons in priority groups to check with their private health-care providers first for the immunization, as those providers should also be receiving some vaccine. “The Personal Health Department is considered a ‘safety net’ for those persons who don’t have access to vaccine through a regular health-care provider,” Hargraves said. “The Texas Department of State Health Services plans to send County health departments small amounts of vaccine each week while the vaccine remains in short supply. As the supply of vaccine increases, additional priority groups and the general population will be offered the H1N1 vaccine,” she said.

The satellite clinic is located at 705 W. Hopkins Street, Suite 112, in San Marcos. It will be open Monday, November 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Tuesday, November 24, from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. The clinic will be closed the remainder of that week for the Thanksgiving holiday. Beginning Monday, November 30, the clinic’s regular hours will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

When H1N1 vaccine is available it will also be offered to high-risk patients at regular immunization clinics, including the first Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hays County Precinct 4 building in Dripping Springs, 195 Roger Hanks Parkway.

For additional information or to check on vaccine availability, contact the satellite clinic at (512)393-5580.


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