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All can get swine flu vaccine as supplies improve

December 11, 2009 4:44:55 AM PST
Illinois health officials say everyone can start getting swine flu vaccinations soon -- not just those in high-risk groups. Illinois Department of Public Health Director Damon Arnold made the announcement Thursday.

Chicago health officials say they too are broadening recommendations on who should get a swine flu vaccination to include everyone over the age of 6 months.

The vaccine supply has improved enough that it's no longer necessary to limit it to people most at risk.

Officials say many retail pharmacies in Illinois soon will have swine flu vaccine.

Pharmacies may charge a fee for administering the vaccine, typically between $12 and $22. The fee is covered by most health insurance.

For those who do not have a doctor or whose doctor has chosen not to offer vaccinations, free vaccinations will be given Saturday, December 12 and again on Saturday, December 19 at seven city colleges in Chicago from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The locations are:

Kennedy King College, 740 W. 63rd Street
Olive Harvey College, 10001 S. Woodlawn
Richard J. Daley College, 7500 S. Pulaski
Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson
Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 S. Western
Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett
Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren

Health officials say no appointments are necessary, and all vaccinations will be delivered free of charge, on a first come, first served basis.

People who are allergic to eggs should not receive the vaccination.

For local information on flu prevention, visit http://www.cityofchicago.org/swineflu and www.ready.illinois.gov. For a national information on the flu pandemic, visit http://www.flu.gov. For an international perspective, visit www.who.int.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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