H1N1 vaccine made available to all groups

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Coastal Health District will now be offering the H1N1 vaccine to anyone 6-months-old and older.

"Although we don't have an overabundance of H1N1 vaccine, we feel that we have enough to open the vaccination process to those outside of the five priority groups," said chief medical officer for the Coastal Health District Dr. Diane Weems in a statement.

While the vaccine is now available to everyone, health officials are still encouraging those at higher risk for complications from H1N1 to get vaccinated.

Those groups are:

  • Pregnant women
  • Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age
  • Healthcare and emergency services personnel
  • All people 6 months to 24 years old
  • Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza.

The Coastal Health District serves Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties.

The vaccine is free at county health clinics and about $20 at pharmacies and private health providers.

The federal government has allocated about 2.2 million doses to the State of Georgia.

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