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Flu clinics scheduled in Schroon Lake

SCHROON LAKE - Essex County Public Health Department will hold school-based H1N1 clinics at Schroon Lake Central School District and Mountainside Christian Academy on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Children enrolled in the school, school nurse(s), school nurse aide(s),school nurse substitute(s) and staff of the school who are currently pregnant will be offered the vaccine.

Essex County Public Health Department will hold a community clinic for limited target groups on Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Schroon Lake fire house from 3:30 -7 p.m.

People within the limited groups - pregnant women, people who live with or provide care for infants younger than 6 months of age (such as parents, siblings and day care providers), health-care and emergency medical personnel who have direct contact with patients or infectious material, children ages 6 months through 4 years, and children and adolescents ages 5-18 that have a medical condition that put them at increased risk of influenza-related complications - may schedule an appointment to receive the H1N1 flu vaccine by calling 873-3500.

The Essex County Public Health Department will hold a seasonal flu clinic 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, in Elizabethtown at the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School on Court Street. There are 500 doses available.

This vaccine is being offered at no charge. It is available for anyone 6 months of age and older and is recommended for anyone who wants to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with influenza or spreading influenza to others.

People should dress in short sleeves or a shirt that allows for easy access to an upper arm. H1N1 flu vaccine will not be available at this clinic. Pneumonia vaccine will not be available at this clinic.

As vaccine becomes more available, additional community and school-based clinics will be announced. People can look for updates about these clinics on Essex County Public Health Department's website: www.co.essex.ny.us/PublicHealth or call 873-3500.

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