We received more than a few questions about the H1N1 flu vaccine after our blog about the Vaccines for Children Program yesterday, so we wanted to follow-up with some information on how to get an H1N1 vaccine (if you don’t already have one) and what it may cost you.
Even though the initial panic over the H1N1 flu virus has died down, the threat is not over. If history repeats itself, a third wave of the H1N1 flu virus may strike late this winter or early spring.
Those at highest risk are still pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age, health care and emergency medical services personnel, anyone 6 months through 24 years of age, and people ages of 25 through 64 years of age at higher risk for 2009 H1N1 influenza because of certain chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems, but with finally enough H1N1 flu vaccines to go around, the vaccine is finally widely available to everyone.
Because the federal government has already purchased the H1N1 flu vaccines for the public, the vaccines are available to you for little to no cost. Public vaccination clinics (sponsored by local health departments at schools or other places) will offer vaccine for free. Some private providers may charge a small fee to administer the vaccine (usually anything up to $20 or so), but many are administering the vaccine for free as well so it pays to shop around.
Flu season usually picks up in February, so if you’ve been putting off getting the H1N1 vaccine, now is the perfect time!
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