H1N1 vaccine open to all Boone County residents

Friday, December 11, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA – The H1N1 vaccine will be available to anyone on Saturday at the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services.

The clinic will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The vaccine typically takes about two weeks to develop full immunity, “so when you think about it, if you get it on Saturday, you’ll be protected by Christmas,” said Geni Alexander, the spokeswoman for the Health Department.

The Health Department has expanded beyond the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention priority groups to include anyone not yet vaccinated.

The Health Department has more than 1,000 doses allotted for Saturday’s clinic, Alexander said. This includes a limited supply of the nasal spray FluMist and the preservative-free vaccine, according to the health department Web site.

“We do expect a big crowd,” Alexander said. “We’ll be staffed for a big crowd.”

After Saturday’s clinic, the H1N1 vaccine will likely be available for anyone on a walk-in basis.

“Typically what happens is we have the big clinic and then, assuming the vaccine is still available, we open up to walk-in hours after that,” Alexander said. “We have every reason to believe that will be case this time, too.”

The Health Department is located at 1005 W. Worley St. in Columbia.

Student Health

MU’s Student Health Center made the H1N1 vaccine available to all enrolled students on Monday, and held three clinics throughout the week.

“We did 660 doses between the three days,” said Pam Rowe, spokeswoman for the Student Health Center.

There are no clinics scheduled for next week at this point, but Rowe encouraged students to make an appointment to get vaccinated. The appointment and the vaccine are free.

“We’ve gotten more doses in, so with finals coming up, we’re hoping that students come in,” Rowe said. “We have plenty available.”

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