Grand County should get plenty of flu vaccine |

Grand County should get plenty of flu vaccine

Tami Griffith, CFNP-BC / Health Roundup
Granby, CO Colorado

There has been a lot of concern in regards to the H1N1 vaccine. A meeting was held Monday, Oct. 12, at the Grand County Health Department to discuss this illness.

Grand County Health will be the receiving vessel for the H1N1 Vaccines in the local area. The current plan is that Grand County Health Department will be holding H1N1 clinics throughout the area when the vaccine becomes available for the population.

The nasal spray will arrive first. The recommendations by the government and CDC are that the first priority group to receive the vaccine will include health care providers, caregivers of infants less than 6 months old and 2- to 4-year-old healthy children

The second priority group will include pregnant women, infants 6 months to 24 months of age, and children ages 5-18 with pre-existing health conditions.

According to Brene Belew and Jan Carrasco with Grand County Public Health, the county is scheduled to receive approximately 11,300 vaccines. These will trickle in gradually to the health department over the next several months. By January, the county should have received all of its vaccines.

There should be enough vaccines to vaccinate everyone that wants or needs to be vaccinated. However, the guidelines are that the individuals in the first priority groups will be vaccinated first, and other individuals can follow afterwards.

It was a general consensus among the local health care providers in the area, including the local pharmacies, that the majority of the vaccines will stay in the hands of the Grand County Health Department. However, local clinics and pharmacies will have some vaccines available as well to provide immunization to those unable to attend any scheduled clinics.

It is Granby Medical Center’s hope that everyone remains healthy during this time of year. We ask that you please understand the guidelines that must be followed in providing the vaccines to individuals. It is our goal that over the next several months, everyone in Grand County can be immunized against this virus.

As previously mentioned, good hand washing, coughing or sneezing into the crook of your arm and staying at home if you have fever and flu-like symptoms will go a long ways in preventing the spread of any illness.

Granby Medical Center will be working closely with the Grand County Health Department to insure that all individuals will receive the H1N1 vaccine as soon as it becomes available for the particular age group and category.

If you have any questions, call the Granby Medical Center at 970-887-7400 or Grand County Health Department at 970-725-3288.