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H1N1 vaccine: Clinics today and Dec. 9 in Federal Way

A H1N1 influenza vaccination clinic will be in operation Dec. 5 and 9 in Federal Way.

The clinic, located at the Federal Way Public Health Center, 33431 13th Place S., is one of four clinics operating today and Wednesday in King County. Two Seattle clinics and a Renton clinic are also participating in issuing the vaccinations.

Today, a total of 4,000 doses of the vaccine will be available across the four locations. On Wednesday, another 1,000 doses will be available. No reservations will be taken for the vaccinations. The services are free to those at high risk who cannot afford to pay for the vaccine.

"As more vaccine comes into the community, we’re continuing to allocate limited amounts to people without insurance or who can’t afford to pay," said Dr. David Fleming, Director and health officer for Public Health - Seattle and King County. "We encourage people to seek H1N1 vaccine through their health care providers or through pharmacies if they can afford the administrative cost or if insurance covers it."

Those considered at risk include:

• Pregnant women

• Individuals who live or care for children younger than 6 months

• Individuals between ages 6 and 24

• People with chronic health conditions or weakened immune systems who are between ages 25 and 64.

• Health care and emergency workers

The clinics will be open today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from noon to 7 p.m. For more information about vaccinations, visit the Public Health H1N1 Website at www.kingcounty.gov/health/H1N1 or call the Flu Hotline at (877) 903-KING.

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