H1N1 vaccine now available at health center

The H1N1 influenza vaccine now is available at the South County Health Center, 4850 S. Lindbergh Blvd, Sunset Hills.

Vaccines will be provided from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, except Wednesday when the H1N1 clinic will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., according to a county Department of Health news release.

Due to an increase in availability, the vaccine now is being offered to any county resident 6 months of age or older. The H1N1 vaccination clinics are walk-in clinics; appointments will not be necessary.

The department already has received more than 200,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine.

Additional shipments are expected in the following weeks.

Despite the availability of additional vaccine, the health department emphasizes that residents should not lower their guard.

The traditional methods of prevention re-main important:

• Cover your mouth whenever you sneeze or cough.

• Wash your hands regularly, especially after sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose.

• Keep a distance of three feet between you and other people.

• Stay home if you are sick — or keep your children home if they are sick.

• Go home if you become sick — or pick your children up from school early if they become sick.

For additional information, visit the county Department of Health’s flu Web site at