GREENCASTLE -- The Putnam County Health Department is expecting to receive the H1N1 vaccine in mid-October.
"We want to stress the priority groups for the vaccine," said Doug Ehmen with PCHD.
The priority groups are pregnant women; guardians or parents of children 0 to 6 months; children and adults from 6 months to 24 years; and health care workers including emergency responders; and adults age 25 to 64 years with medical conditions, which could lead to complications from the H1N1 virus.
"Up to this point, the H1N1 virus is no more severe than the regular seasonal flu," said Ehmen.
The virus can be more contagious than the seasonal flu the day before symptoms show up. Anyone who exhibits symptoms is encouraged to stay home up to 24 hours following the break of a fever and no medication has been taken.
"The vaccination is safe," said Ehmen. "It's developed the same as the seasonal flu vaccine. It's just new."
The health department will host clinics at the middle and high schools for students and most likely Saturday clinics for non-school age children and adults at the health department.
Vaccination of the general public will take place after the priority groups have been vaccinated and as the vaccine is available.