Swine Flu Vaccine Now Available to All DC

DC to host vaccine clinic for all residents

By Mark Stephens
|  Thursday, Dec 17, 2009  |  Updated 12:00 AM EDT
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Swine Flu Vaccine Now Available to All DC

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Plenty to go around in D.C., now.

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A similar deal is available in Maryland, where the vaccine was made available to all segments of the population earlier this month.

Virginia officials have expanded coverage, though in a more limited fashion. This week, pharmacies in the state will allow people younger than 50 to get the nasal mist, which is restricted to healthy people. All limits are expected to be lifted just before Christmas.

Just in time for what doctors say will be a third wave of the swine flu virus.

 

Maryland does it.

Now the District of Columbia is getting into the act.

The H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine is now available to anybody who wants it. And health officials said you should take advantage.

"We encourage everyone to get the shot," said D.C. Director of Health Dr. Pierre Vigilance.

That finally includes people 25-64, who are otherwise healthy. The first chance to get the shot comes on Thursday. A free clinic will be held at the Fort Davis Community Center in southeast Washington from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In addition to the free clinics, residents will be able to get the vaccine at pharmacies and doctors' offices, but that may cost you.

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