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H1N1 vaccine now available to all Snohomish County residents

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — All county residents will have access to H1N1 vaccinations starting Thursday, Dec. 10.

The Snohomish Health District announced Dec. 9 that its supply of vaccine has stabilized in recent weeks, causing health officials to lift previous restrictions limiting the vaccine to specific groups of individuals.

"This is happy news for everyone in Snohomish County," said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, health officer and health district director. "My sincerest thanks go to the people who have waited patiently for their turn to get the vaccine, and to the healthcare providers who participated in planning and delivering the vaccine to thousands of people in a very short time."

The H1N1 vaccine is available at a number of clinics, pharmacies and private providers, according to a district statement.

The vaccine is free, but pharmacies and providers may charge an administration fee for the dosage of vaccine.

The Snohomish Health District also offers the vaccine by appointment at its Lynnwood and Everett locations.

The Lynnwood site, located at 6101 200th Street SW, Suite 100, can be reached at 425-775-3522.

Appointments are available on Mondays or Wednesdays.

To schedule an appointment in Everett's site, at 3020 Rucker Avenue, Suite 108, call 425-339-5220.

Appointments in Everett are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Both locations are closed on weekends and holidays (Dec. 25 and Jan. 1).

A list of private vaccine providers and participating pharmacies can be found at www.snocoflu.com and at www.snohd.org.

Previously, the health district limited the vaccine to pregnant women, people who live with or provide care for infants less than 6 months of age, healthcare and emergency medical services personnel, people aged 6 months to 24 years and people aged 25-64 who have medical conditions that put them at a higher risk for flu-related complications.

The health district began receiving H1N1 vaccines in October.

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