Vaccines for the H1N1 strain of influenza have been in short supply throughout the state and county, but more continues to trickle in every week for clinics and hospitals to disperse to targeted, high-risk populations.
Those supplies are quickly depleted, however, as parents and concerned individuals line up to get the inoculations.
There is some vaccine left at certain providers in the county, which are listed on the Clatsop County Health Department's Web site: http://www.co.clatsop.or.us/default.asp?pageid=275&deptid=10, which has been frequently updated by Interim Health Department Director Margo Lalich.
As of this morning, The Daily Astorian confirmed that vaccine is still available at several locations in the county:
? Walgreen Drug Stores, 1625 E. Harbor St., Warrenton, (503) 861-9324, will hold a walk-in clinic today until 3 p.m. for adults 15 years old and older within priority target groups for H1N1 (see below), based on pharmacist availability, $18 per vaccination, Medicare/Medicaid only billed.
? Coastal Family Health Center, 2140 Exchange St., Astoria, (503) 325-8315, for ages 3 through 24 years, within the designated H1N1 priority target groups, established patients only.
? Columbia Memorial Hospital, 2111 Exchange St., Astoria, (503) 325-4321, for pregnant patients and family, established patients only.
Priority groups are:
? Pregnant women;
? Household contacts and care givers for children younger than 6 months of age;
? Healthcare and emergency medical service personnel;
? All people ages 6 months through 24 years of age;
? Adults, 25 though 64, who have health conditions associated with higher risk medical complications from influenza.
The Oregon Public Health Division is also offering H1N1 flu information on a 24-hour hotline at (800) 978-3040.