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Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest to Offer H1N1 Flu Shots

Affected population mirrors demographic of patients

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Brian Cutler (206) 328-7737
Kristen Glundberg-Prossor (206) 328-7714

Published: 11.30.09| Updated: 12.03.09

SEATTLE—Citing a responsibility to the age range of most of its patients, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest announced today that it will offer H1N1, also known as swine flu, vaccinations at its western Washington health centers. No appointment is necessary and the cost to patients is only $15.

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest has received a limited amount of the H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine that is available to patients who meet one or more of these CDC requirements:
• Pregnant women
• People who live with or care for infants younger than 6 months of age
• Health care and emergency medical personnel
• Anyone from 11 through 24 years of age (this is an age range that is particularly at risk from H1N1).
o Note: The CDC requirements include people aged 6 months through 24 years of age. However, because our medical staff has not been trained to inoculate young children, we will not give the vaccine to children younger than eleven. Please find another source for your children younger than eleven.

• Anyone from 25 through 64 years of age with certain chronic medical conditions or a weakened immune system
Patients can get H1N1 flu vaccines at western Washington Planned Parenthood health centers on a first come, first served basis.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates the caregivers of infants and persons 11 to 24 years are high risk groups for H1N1 infection. Planned Parenthood serves both of these demographic groups as patients.

As the most trusted name for reproductive health in the region, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest (PPGNW), in partnership with the eight county health departments where we have health centers, is taking the responsibility to make sure key patient groups who meet CDC guidelines have protection against the H1N1 virus.

PPGNW health centers will carry both the nasal spray version of the vaccine as well as the one administered by injection (shots). The CDC has also emphasized that pregnant women are at particular risk with H1N1. Only the injection form of the vaccine has been approved for pregnant women.

To find a PPGNW health center nearest you, call (800) 230-PLAN, or go to www.ppgnw.org/locations

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Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is the region’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. We believe everyone has the right to choose when or whether to have a child, and that every child should be wanted and loved. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest operates 28 health centers in Alaska, Idaho, and western Washington, providing medical services and sexuality education for thousands of women, men, and teenagers each year. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. We rely heavily on support from donors to help sustain responsible reproduction.

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