Story last updated at 12/23/2009 - 12:19 pm
SITKA - When supplies are in stock, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) now is making H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine available for all of its patients.
SEARHC patients who want the H1N1 flu vaccine should schedule a flu shot appointment with their local clinic, or check to see if it is holding a shot clinic. Also, many community emergency preparedness groups are scheduling community-wide flu shot clinics at local fire stations or other community buildings.
SEARHC continues to have very limited supplies of the seasonal flu vaccine, so is still targeting the CDC priority lists for those people with a higher risk for seasonal flu complications. The seasonal flu priority group list and other flu information can be found at http://www.searhc.org/flu/. You can call your local clinic for more information, or you can call the SEARHC flu hotline at 1-877-966-8549 (toll-free in Alaska) for a recorded message about flu vaccine availability. Additional information on the flu can be found at http://www.pandemicflu.alaska.gov/, http://www.flu.gov/ or http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/.