CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The H1N1 vaccine is slowly filtering into Northeast Ohio. Cleveland Clinic began giving the vaccine (nasal and injected) to frontline employees who provide direct patient care, such as adult and pediatric Emergency Department staff, nurses, pediatricians, EMS workers and Critical Care and Intensive Care Unit employees.
Cleveland Clinic will expand its vaccination efforts when additional doses of the H1N1 vaccine are received from government agencies in the coming weeks and months. Once more doses become available, Cleveland Clinic plans to follow the CDC's recommendation and vaccinate additional high-risk populations which consist of:
- Pregnant women
- Caregivers of children 6 months and younger
- Children and young adults 6 months old to 24 years old
- Adults 25-64 with certain medical conditions
Cleveland Clinic will give all H1N1 vaccinations free of charge and plans to offer the vaccine to the general public once large quantities are available.