H1N1 clinic in Bangor postponed

Posted Dec. 08, 2009, at 12:15 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A daylong vaccine clinic for the H1N1 swine flu originally scheduled to take place Wed, Dec. 9 has been postponed due to a forecast of wintry weather. The new date is Monday, Dec. 14.

Vaccine will be available for individuals in high-risk groups, including:

  • pregnant women
  •  children and young adults from 2 years old to 25 years old
  •  health care workers
  • adults under 65 with chronic health conditions
  • caregivers, family members and others in close contact with infants under 6 months old
  •  schoolchildren under 10 years old in need of a second “booster” vaccine

Pediatric doses of injectible vaccine for children aged 6 months to 2 years with chronic health prob-lems will not be available. Healthy children in that age group can receive the nasal spray form of the vaccine.

A total of about 8,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine will be available in both injectible and nasal spray form. The H1N1 vaccine is free of charge, but individuals with insurance are asked to bring their cards to off-set the cost of administering the vaccine. Also available are doses of seasonal flu vaccine for $25 and pneumonia vaccine for $50. Medicare and many private insurance plans cover these two vaccines.

The rescheduled vaccine clinic will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14 at the Bangor Civic Center.

For more information about the clinic, call 973-5756 or 992-4550.

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