Tuesday, November 10, 2009

H1N1 Immunization Clinic for Amherst kids Wednesday 11-11-09 @ARMS 9 am - 1 pm

If your pediatrician/obstetrician still doesn't have H1N1 immunizations available (like Amherst Pediatrics doesn't for all their patients yet:-( check out the H1N1 Immunization Clinic for Amherst kids Wednesday 11-11-09 @ARMS 9 am - 1 pm.

Q: Who can get the H1N1 immunization at this clinic tomorrow, Wednesday 11-11-09?
A: Only people who fall into one of these three categories:
1. Amherst residents who are pregnant
2. Amherst residents living with an infant younger than 6 months
3. Amherst & Amherst-Pelham schools students from Amherst, Pelham, Leverett, or Shutesbury who are age 17 and under (must be accompanied to the clinic by their parent or guardian)

Q: What should I do if I need a ride to the H1N1 clinic at the Middle School?
A: Call the hotline, 413-259-3075

Q: How much does it cost?
A: Free! No payment will be accepted at the clinic, however, please bring your insurance information so that the Town can recover some costs of providing this clinic

Q: What paperwork should I bring other than my insurance card information?
A: Download this form from the Town website or the schools website or pick it up from any Amherst public school, Town Hall, or the Bangs Center. Complete as much of the form as you can before you get in line at the clinic so that things move more quickly.

Q: Will my child get the nasal spray or the shot?
A: Most will get the nasal spray. See the information sheets for the nasal spray (live virus) and the shot (inactivated)

Q: My child was already sick with what everyone says was probably H1N1 -- should my child still get the H1N1 vaccine?
A: If your child was diagnosed with H1N1 based on an H1N1 test, then your child does not need the vaccine. If your child was assumed to have H1N1, but no test was taken, then your child should still get the vaccine. This is also applies to pregnant women and adults living with infants younger than 6 months.

Q: Will this immunization clinic provide H1N1 and seasonal flu immunizations?
A: No. This clinic is for H1N1 immunizations only.

Q: I'd rather drop my child off with the paperwork -- is this OK?
A: No. All children must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.

Q: How long will it take to get through the line?
A: We've never done this before! Recent seasonal flu clinics held by a private company at various CVS locations had a two hour wait. Please bring the things you usually provide for your children when they have a long wait -- books, coloring/small crafts, handheld games or music players with headphones, snacks, water, etc.

Q: I have more questions. Who should I call?
A: Call the hotline, 413-259-3075