By Karen Garloch
Starting next week, both Mecklenburg County and Cabarrus County health departments will be offering H1N1 flu vaccine to anyone who wants it. Until now, limited vaccine supplies have been reserved for people at high risk for flu complications.
Because vaccine shipments have become more plentiful in recent weeks, health officials said they can now offer it to anyone who wants to be vaccinated.
Mecklenburg County Health Department is taking appointments for vaccinations that will start Monday. Call 704-432-5100 from 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or register online anytime at www.meckhealth.org.
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Cabarrus County health officials will hold a mass clinic Dec. 10 at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 NC 49, Concord, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Appointments can also be made for vaccinations at Cabarrus Health Alliance by calling 704-920-1300. Cabarrus Health Alliance is at 1307 S. Cannon Boulevard, Kannapolis.
Children through age 9 are advised to get two doses of vaccine about a month apart. Older children and adults need only one dose.
In addition to getting vaccinated, health officials suggest practicing good hygiene to prevent the spread of flu. That includes frequent handwashing, covering your cough and staying home when sick.