The firest shipment of injectable H1N1 vaccine has arrived at the Chattooga County Health Department, according to the Health Department Nurse Manager Mitzi Smith.  "This 1200 dose shipment represetns a small portion of the overall amount of vaccine we expect to receive over thenext couple of months", says Smith.  "We wish we had more right now and share the public’s frustartion with the delays in getting it to our coummunity, but we expect there will eventually be enough vaccine for everyone who wants to receive it to do so."

The helath department will conduct a vaccination clinic on a walk – in basis for priority, high risk individuals THURSDAY NOVEMBER 5TH FROM 8 AM UNTL 11:30 AM and FROM 1 PM UNTIL 7:30 PM at the health department, 60 Farrar Drive.  After Thursday’s initial clinic, the health department will offer the H1N1 flu shots on a walk-in basis on Thursdays from 8 AM until 11:30 AM and from 1 PM until 5:30 PM when vaccine is available.

Stay tuned to AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio and for updates on when new shipments of H1N1 vaccine arrive in Chattooga County.  You can also call the health department at 706-857-3471 for more information on availability of H1N1 Vaccine.

According to Smith the vaccine is free, however – if you have private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or Peach Care bring your card – individuals will not be billed for the vaccine.