The Butler County Health Department and Dillon Stores have announced that free FluMist immunization clinics will be held at Dillon Stores in Andover, Augusta, and El Dorado on Saturday January 24 and Saturday January 31, 2009.
FluMist is a nasal mist that provides protection from influenza similar to a flu shot. Free FluMist will be available from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in the store to those who are eligible.
To receive FluMist, individuals must:
* Be over the age of 2, but less than 50 years old.
* Be in relative good health; not on medicine that weakens the immune system.
* Have not received other live vaccines in the previous 30 days; like MMR or Varicella (chickenpox).
* Not have an allergy to any component of the vaccine (eggs, egg proteins, gentamicin, gelatin, or arginine).
* Not have frequent wheezing or asthma. (Very mild asthma or occasional wheezing may be OK. FluMist can trigger wheezing or an asthma attack in some people.)
* Complete a consent form available at the clinic, or the form may be printed and completed at home by clicking here
* Receive and review the Vaccine Information Statement (VIS), which will be available at the clinic, or is online by clicking here
The FluMist doses are available FREE of charge as part of a partnership between The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and MedImmune, the manufacturer of FluMist, to provide influenza vaccine to eligible individuals in underserved communities and populations.
One million doses have been donated nationwide for free distribution rather than be wasted. This joint effort supports the goal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to raise awareness of influenza and extend the influenza vaccination season into December and beyond. Vaccination rates typically decline after Thanksgiving, although the peak of influenza season usually occurs in February and March.
FluMist is a live attenuated influenza virus vaccine indicated for active immunization of individuals two to 49 years of age against influenza disease caused by influenza virus subtypes A and type B contained in the vaccine.
FluMist is contraindicated in individuals with history of hypersensitivity to eggs, egg proteins, gentamicin, gelatin or arginine or with life-threatening reactions to previous influenza vaccinations, and in children and adolescents receiving concomitant aspirin or aspirin-containing therapy.
FluMist cannot be administered to children less than two years of age due to an increased risk of hospitalization and wheezing that was observed in clinical trials. FluMist should not be administered to any individual with asthma and to children less than five years of age with recurrent wheezing unless the potential benefit outweighs the potential risk.
FluMist cannot be given to individuals with severe asthma or active wheezing. If Guillain-Barre syndrome has occurred with prior influenza vaccination or if an individual is immunocompromised, the decision to give FluMist should be based on careful consideration of the potential benefits and risks.
For further information, contact the Butler County Health Department at 316-321-3400 or toll free 1-800-940-6083.